Conference to Examine "Determinants
And Effects of Religious Activity"

Posted February 21, 2001

HOLLAND -- Hope College will present the conference "The Determinants and Effects of Religious Activity: A Social Science Perspective" on Friday, March 9, from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Western Theological Seminary's Semelink Hall.

The public is invited, and admission is free. No advance registration is required.

The conference will include the presentation of four papers concerning different dimensions of religious activity. Examples include an examination of contributions, attendance and the contribution of religious activity to civic life.

The event is sponsored by the college's department of economics and business administration. The conference is being organized and will be moderated by Dr. John Lunn, who is the Robert W. Haack Professor of Economics at Hope.

The conference will open with introductions at 1 p.m.

At 1:10 p.m., Dr. Robin Klay will present "An Overview of the Financing of American Evangelism, 1800- 1996." Klay is a professor of economics and business administration at Hope.

At 1:30 p.m., Dr. Roger Finke will present "Toward Explaining Congregational Giving." Finke is a professor of sociology at The Pennsylvania State University, and is co- author, with Rodney Stark, of the book "The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy."

At 2:05 p.m., Hope student Andrea Douglass will present "Relationships Among Giving, Church Attendance, and Religious Belief: The Case of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." Douglass is an economics student and senior from Libertyville, Ill.

At 2:25 p.m., Dr. Corwin Smidt will present "Religion and Civic Life in American Public Life." Smidt is the Paul B. Henry Chair in Christianity and Politics, and serves as executive director of the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, at Calvin College.

Following a break, a panel discussion will begin at 3:15 p.m. The panelists will include Dr. Don Luidens (left), Dr. Todd Steen (center) and the Rev. Dr. Dennis Voskuil (right). Luidens is professor of sociology and chair of the department at Hope. Steen is an associate professor of economics. Voskuil is president of Western Theological Seminary in addition to serving as the Evert J. and Hattie E. Blekkink Adjunct Professor of Religion at Hope.

The conference will conclude with a discussion beginning at 4 p.m. that will involve the presenters, panelists and those in the audience alike.

Additional information about the event may be obtained by calling Lunn at (616) 395-7931.


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