Baylor Center to Co-Host New York Conference on Evangelical Christian-Jewish Relations

Nov. 18, 2005

Baylor University's CRIAD (Center for Religious Inquiry Across the Disciplines), the Louis Finkelstein Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University will co-host a conference that will examine the relationship between Christian Evangelicals and Jews.

"Uneasy Allies? Evangelical-Jewish Relations Today" will focus on the evolving relationship between the two communities and will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at the Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway in New York City.

Panel discussions will examine existing stereotypes, explore the social distance between the two groups, assess current issues and conclude with a look to the future of Jews and Evangelicals in American public life.

Dr. Byron Johnson, director of CRIAD at Baylor, will participate in the conference. Also scheduled to participate are Richard Cizik, vice president of governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals; Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center; John Green from the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life and University of Akron; Barry Kosmin, director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College; and George Mamo, executive vice president and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

Also participating will be David Neff, editor of Christianity Today; Mark Silk, director of The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College; Jack Wertheimer, provost of JTS; Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center at Boston College; Alan Mittleman, director of the Finkelstein Institute; and Nancy Isserman, associate director of the Feinstein Center.

For more information, contact Johnson at (254) 710-2841.

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