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Christian think tank founder to visit Dordt as First Mondays Speaker

March 31, 2014

“One of the gifts of the Kuyperian tradition to America is its clarity and insight into what government can and should do to respect the ‘sphere sovereignty’ of churches, faith-based organizations, companies, and secular nonprofits,” believes Stanley Carlson-Thies, a First Mondays Speaker Series lecturer slated to visit Dordt’s campus Monday, April 7.

In his morning address. Carlson-Thies, founder and president of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, will address why institutions need to be faithful, and what they need in order to be faithful. The presentation will be in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at 11 a.m.

At 7:30 p.m. in the Ribbens Academic Complex room 1144/48, Carlson-Thies will present, “Tales About Politics and Faith From Inside the Beltway,” reflecting on his personal experiences in Washington, D.C. as a member of President Bush’s White House faith-based office and as part of the church-state taskforce of President Obama’s faith-based Advisory Council.

The Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance is a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on protecting the religious identity, principles, and services of faith-based service organizations. Prior to founding the IRF Alliance, Carlson-Thies served as director of faith-based policy studies at the Center for Public Justice, where he remains a senior fellow.

Carlson-Thies received the William Bentley Ball Life and Religious Liberty Defense Award from the Center for Law and Religious Freedom and the Christian Legal Society, and he was named one of 12 individuals “reinterpreting God and country” by the National Journal.

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings biblically based thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders to Dordt College. It is designed to promote Dordt’s mission by offering  enriching academic experiences that can equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in contemporary life.

These events are free and open to the public.

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