MINDING THE MORAL VOCABULARY
Behold: someone has noticed that talk of what’s actually right or wrong in the public square is a rare thing indeed. Religion scholar Robin Lovin arrives at the Library of Congress later this month to argue that contemporary politics is plagued by “a shrinking moral vocabulary,” and offer ways to reverse the phenomenon.
“Religious aspirations, prophetic indictments and even the concept of the common good have been pushed to the margins of public reason,” Mr. Lovin says. “At the same time, the institutions that shape lives and connect persons to the wider society — schools, museums, congregations, community organizations — tend to disappear from political consideration.”
He’ll make his case at the august library on Jan. 23. Mr. Lovin is director of research at the Center of Theological Inquiry and an emeritus professor at Southern Methodist University who has written widely on 20thcentury Christian social ethics.