Regent College and the Regent College Bookstore are pleased to invite you to a conversation with law professor and author John Inazu. Hosted by Dr. Iwan Russell-Jones, Mr. Inazu will be discussing his recent books Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference and Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference, co-edited with Tim Keller.
In Confident Pluralism, Mr. Inazu analyzes the current state of America, orients the contemporary United States within its broader history, and explores the ways that Americans can—and must—strive to live together peaceably despite our deeply engrained differences. Pluralism is one of the founding creeds of the United States—yet America’s society and legal system continues to face deep, unsolved structural problems in dealing with differing cultural anxieties and differing viewpoints. Inazu not only argues that it is possible to cohabitate peacefully, but also lays out realistic guidelines for our society and legal system to achieve the new American dream through civic practices that value toleration over protest, humility over defensiveness, and persuasion over coercion.
In Uncommon Ground, John Inazu and Tim Keller bring together a variety of artists, thinkers, and leaders to address the question: How can Christians today interact with those around them in a way that shows respect to those whose beliefs are radically different but that also remains faithful to the gospel?
John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches criminal law, religion and law, and various First Amendment courses. He writes and speaks frequently to general audiences on topics of pluralism, assembly, free speech, religious freedom, and other issues. Inazu is the author of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale, 2012) and Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (Chicago, 2016). He is co-editor (with Tim Keller) of Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference (Thomas Nelson, 2020).
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