Colloquium to focus on “Political Community and Social Pluralism”

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 08/31/2015 - 17:04

Colloquium to focus on “Political Community and Social Pluralism”

Professor James W Skillen, world-renowned Christian theologian, author and president of the Center for Public Justice (a Christian policy think-tank) will take part – as a guest of the School of Basic Sciences – in a colloquium on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) on Wednesday 3 September 2015.

The title of the colloquium is: “Political Community and Social Pluralism”.

Professor James W Skillen: world-renowned Christian theologian, author and president of the Center for Public Justice

More about Prof Skillen

Professor Skillen pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, majoring in philosophy. He received a Bachelor of Divinity from the Westminster Theological Seminary, Chesnut Hill, outside Philadelphia. As a lifelong scholar, Prof Skillen also studied philosophy at the Free University of Amsterdam where he attended lectures in the courses of Herman Dooyeweerd – a professor of Law and renowned Christian philosopher.

Skillen went on to complete a doctorate in political science at Duke University and today he is regarded worldwide as a leading scholar-practitioner within the field of political science.  His PhD sthesis was an investigation of Dutch Calvinist political thinking which these days are called “principled pluralism”. In his (Skillen’s) terms “Governments must, in public law, recognise the different natures, purposes, and limits of all creatures. This entails, among other things, calling individuals, businesses, families, schools, and other institutions back to a recognition of the fundamental ecological conditions of life in this world.”

He is occupied full-time with writing and speaking on a wide range of subjects in the fields of philosophy, biblical studies, domestic politics, and international relations. His most recent book is "The Good of Politics: A Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Introduction" (Baker Academic, 2014).

For more information

The colloquium will take place at 09:30 in Building 11B, G21. For more information please contact Me Debbie Mocke.