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Public Theology: Past, Present, and Future

Mon 02.22.21 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST

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The field of public theology is vital for the church’s development of a biblically-informed, Gospel-centered approach to engaging society. In Madison, Wisconsin, we have the benefits of a world-class university but lack a Christian college or seminary where public theology is actively taught and researched. To address this gap, the Geneva Forum at Upper House is offering this two-hour seminar.


To facilitate in-depth discussion, we are limiting the size of this seminar to ten registrants. Attendees will delve into the current state of public theology with one of its prominent exponents, Vincent Bacote, associate professor of theology at Wheaton College. Vincent will orient us to the core thinkers and issues in public theology, and we will survey some of the current and future hotspots.


Seminar registrants will receive via email an assigned reading (no more than 20 pages) on February 15—to help them prepare for discussion. Our gathering will be held on Zoom if we cannot meet in person. However, if we are able to meet in person, Upper House staff will host the event according to public health protocols, and lunch will be provided.

About the Geneva Forum at Upper House

The Geneva Forum at Upper House is an annual lectureship that elevates deep Christian thinking and the life of the mind—a partnership event of Geneva Campus Church and Upper House.


About Our Speaker

Vincent E. Bacote is a Professor of Theology and Director of Wheaton College’s Center for Applied Christian Ethics in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of numerous books including The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (Zondervan, 2015) and The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (Baker, 2005). He is also a regular contributor to Comment and writes widely on public theology and ethics from a Reformed Christian perspective. Vincent is the inaugural speaker for the Geneva Forum at Upper House, a partnership event co-hosted by Geneva Campus Church and Upper House.





Mon 02.22.21
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST
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