JonesCandler’s James T. and Berta R. Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership will host Robert P. Jones 02G, founder and CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and author of The End of White Christian America (Simon & Schuster, 2016), for the first in a series of lectures this fall on faith and politics in the 21st century. Jones will present “The End of White Christian America and Its Implications for the 2016 Election” on Wednesday, September 7, at 6:00 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. This event is free and open to the public. Please register to ensure sufficient seating. Register here.

Jones will discuss the United States’ current political landscape leading up to the 2016 presidential election—including the rise of cultural protectionism, racial tensions and the Black Lives Matter movement, the apocalyptic tone of arguments regarding LGBT rights, and how each issue has been influenced by the waning power of “white Christian America.” How is this demographic and cultural change shaping concepts of inequality, fairness, and religious freedom for future generations? How has this shift contributed to the rise of Donald Trump and increasing feelings of nostalgia and unease, especially among conservative Christian voters?

bookThe author of three books and numerous articles on religion and public policy, Jones is also frequently featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, and other major national media platforms. He currently serves as co-chair of the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Section at the American Academy of Religion, and is also an active member of the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the American Association of Public Opinion Research. Prior to founding PRRI, Jones worked as a consultant and senior research fellow at several Washington, D.C. think tanks, and also served as assistant professor of religious studies at Missouri State University.

As a PhD student in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion (GDR), Jones specialized in the sociology of religion, politics, and religious ethics. In 2013, the GDR named him Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

The lecture series "Faith and Politics in the 21st Century" is sponsored by Candler's James T. and Berta R. Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership, in cooperation with Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference.

Cannon Chapel is located on the campus of Emory University, at 515 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322.