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Whitworth University Welcomes John Inazu, Author and Professor of Law and Religion, March 9

March 7, 2023

As part of its Spring Speaker Series, the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning, along with the Office of Church Engagement, will host John Inazu, Ph.D., on March 9 at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. 

Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion and holds a joint appointment in the Washington University Law School and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics in St. Louis. 

Inazu will sit down with Weyerhaeuser Center Director Davey Henreckson for a discussion titled “Christian Witness in an Age of Polarization” that will focus on faith, pluralism and the love of neighbor, stranger and enemy.

Inazu is the author of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly and Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference. His most recent book, with co-editor Timothy Keller, Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference, seeks to help Christians engage with those around them in a way that both respects different beliefs and maintains their gospel confidence. 

Inazu’s articles have appeared in a number of law reviews and journals, and he has written for mainstream audiences in publications including The Atlantic, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post

Prior to teaching law, Inazu clerked for Judge Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and served for four years as an associate general counsel with the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon.

The event is free and open to the public. 

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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