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2013: Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine

The Third Patterson Triennial Conference was held at Fordham's Rose Hill campus on 11-13 June 2013. The proceedings were published as Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine, eds. George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou (Fordham University Press, 2016).  In 2017, this volume was honored with the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honors society book award in the Humanities.  You can read articles about the volume and the award in the Fordham eNewsroom.

Perhaps the two most enduring legacies of Hellenism are Platonic philosophy and democracy. Yet the two are seemingly antithetical—Plato denied that democracy could lead a population to truth and, consequently, rejected the notion that democracy was good for the state.  This conference explores the modern relationship between Christianity—with its Platonic roots—and democracy, and the extent to which it was shaped by the Constantinian revolution.

Speakers:
Timothy Barnes, Edinburgh School of Divinity
Luke Bretherton, Duke University
*Fr. Emmanuel Clapsis, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Mary Doak, University of San Diego
Eric Gregory, Princeton University
Perry Hamalis, North Central College
Pascal Hämmerli, University of Fribourg
*Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University
*Fr. Bryan J. Hehir, Harvard University
Peter Kaufman, University of Richmond
Holger Klein, Columbia University
James Skedros, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Kristina Stoeckl, University of Vienna
Nathaniel Wood, Fordham University

*keynote speakers

The conference was funded by grants received from the Patterson Triennial Conference Endowed Fund, the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture at Fordham University, the Kallinikeion Foundation, the Virginia H. Farah Foundation, and members of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center Advisory Council.