Podcast: WORLDVIEWING – Feature Conversation: Richard Mouw & Matthew Kaemingk

September 8, 2021

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with theologians Richard Mouw and Matthew Kaemingk about a new book, edited by Matt and dedicated to Rich – Reformed Public Theology: A Global Vision for Life in the World (Baker Academic, 2021). The theme question of the episode: “why does theology matter for public life?” Some topics we discuss:

  • What do you mean by “Reformed”? What is “public” theology? And what is the unique contribution of the Reformed tradition to public theology?
  • In a book with 20+ authors of different nationalities, vocations, and denominations, what are the common threads these authors share?
  • As we seek to live in a pluralistic world, how do we learn to listen genuinely and to speak gently, with firm conviction?
  • What are some characteristic flaws or blind spots of the Reformed tradition that this book celebrates?
  • What does Reformed public theology have to say when it comes to institutional power, institutional sin, and institutional reform?
  • What does “every square inch” really mean? Why doesn’t it mean Christians “taking over”?

If you’d like to read more, In All Things will be hosting a four-part review of the book, which will be posted here as they become available:

Introduction and Public Culture: Part 1 – Justin Bailey 

Public Markets and Public Justice: Part 2 – Donald Roth

Aesthetics and Academy: Part 3 – Gayle Doornbos

Public Worship: Part 4 – Todd Zuidema

About the Authors
  • Justin Ariel Bailey works at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, his research seeks to bridge gaps between church and academy, and the formational spaces where they overlap. He is the author of the book Reimagining Apologetics (IVP Academic, 2020) and the forthcoming volume Interpreting Your World (Baker Academic, 2022). He serves as associate professor of Theology at Dordt University and is the host of the In All Things podcast. 

  • Dr. Richard Mouw serves as professor of faith and public life (and president emeritus) at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Mouw has a prestigious academic career having previously served the seminary as senior vice president and provost, as well as at Calvin College and the Free University of Amsterdam as a professor. Mouw also has a broad bibliography of authored and editorial work on the Christian life including: Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction (Eerdmans, 2011), Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World (IVP, 1992), and Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making Connections in Today’s World (Zondervan, 2004).

  • Rev. Dr. Matthew Kaemingk is an assistant professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary and the associate dean of Fuller Texas in Houston. Matthew's research and teaching focuses on Islam and political ethics, workplace theology, and Reformed public theology.  As of 2018, Matthew also serves as a fellow for the Center for Public Justice in Washington DC.  His new book Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear engages the burgeoning conflict over Muslim immigration in both Europe and the United States. Matthew earned his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and holds doctoral degrees in Systematic Theology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and in Christian Ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. As a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands Matthew studied Reformed political theology and the European conflict over Islam. You can follow him on Twitter @matthewkaemingk.

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