History buffs and military professionals alike know that commanders’ educational backgrounds—not just their battles—make fascinating subjects for study. In George Marshall, Dwight Eisenhower, and James Gavin we have three U.S. Army commanders who had much in common. All three played leading roles in the Second World War. All three were extraordinarily successful in those roles. All three were acutely aware of the importance of education and were actively engaged with learning. Indeed, all three saw education as an ongoing venture, directly related to their success—and their nation’s success—in the armed struggle. And of course each man is unique—different from the others not only in the position he occupied during the war but also in his formation. From each commander we can learn distinct features of what is important in education for leadership.
Delivered at the John Jay Institute, Philadelphia, on May 8, 2013, this lecture is a revised and expanded version of the following article: “In War for Peace: General George C. Marshall’s Core Convictions and Ethical Leadership,” Touchstone 26, no. 2 (March/April 2013): 41–48.]
During his presidency George W. Bush advocated a “compassionate conservatism” and was ridiculed by many on the political left and right for doing so. Historically, "compassion" has been associated more with liberal movements. Oxford scholar Richard Turnbull argues that the Earl of Shaftesbury provides a model of true compassionate conservatism.
Some argue that the American order established in the eighteenth century was a “revolution,” a new, liberal, and perhaps even a radical political undertaking – a major departure from the received political tradition of European and Western Civilization.
On the special occasion of the Institute’s debut in the metropolis of the American founding, it hosted the following lecture to commemorate its relocation and introduction to Philadelphia. At the Carpenters’ Hall and in the very room where John Jay and the other members of the first continnental congress met in the autum of seventeen-seventy-four to consider the seriousness of human events that ultimately led to the formation of a new nation, Lieutenant General Josiah Bunting the third addressed the institute on the subject of the character of those founding fathers. His address is titled: “The First and Greatest Generation and Its Successor.”
President Alan Crippen delivered this address to a distinguished group of military chaplains, clergy and guests at a week-long John Jay Institute Executive Leadership Seminar on Magnanimity (Greatness) held at Officers Christian Fellowship Spring Canyon Ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado, March 20-26, 2011.
In commemoration of this special occasion Mr. Charles Hollenbach, honorary member of the Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia and its historian; Mr. Walter Stahr, international lawyer, author and John Jay’s biograher; and Mr. Alan R. Crippen II, president and founder of the John Jay Institute, presented addresses to mark the opening of the public exhibit in the Carpenters’ Hall.
In recent years the name William Wilberforce has become very popular among people of faith look- ing for inspirational role models for service in the public square. Several new biographies, a PBS film documentary, and a Hollywood movie have helped to recover the captivating story of this legendary Regency period British parliamentarian, social reformer and earnest Christian. Motivated by a “great change” or religious conversion at the age of 27, Wilberforce’s greatest political efforts were for those caught in the vice of slavery. British ships were carrying black slaves on the infamous “middle passage” from Africa to the West Indies as goods to be bought and sold. As a young statesman he joined the campaign to abolish the slave trade in 1787.
In this lecture Dr. Michael Ward, Lewis scholar and author, will outline Lewis’s understanding of the relationship between hierarchy, equality, and power. Drawing on a wide range of Lewis’s writings, including: The Abolition of Man, its fictional counterpart That Hideous Strength, and an essay on John Milton entitled “A Preface to Paradise Lost,” Dr. Ward will demonstrate that Lewis thought hierarchy and equality, tradition and liberal democracy were reconcilable ideas for using and constraining political power.
In this lecture Dr. Stetson, author of a new book on Wilberforce, argues that Wilberforce's highly successful model of Christian cultural engagement is still relevant and waiting for application by Christians today. How did Wilberforce and ten of his friends redirect the moral and social course of a 19th Century Superpower? How can their model be effectively applied to work in American public life today? These questions and others will be addressed in the lecture.
Is traditional urban form sufficient to revive the goods of traditional urbanism in a cultural context of therapeutic and consumer individualism? Or does New Urbanism become a niche market for those wealthy enough to buy a living urban environment? How can a just and generous moral order come to characterize our cities in our strange and estranging modern culture? The history of western monasticism suggests some possibilities.
In this lecture, Dr. Carlson will address questions including: Are these trends friendly to children? What are the components of a family-friendly neighborhood? What failures of suburbia contribute to this migration? How can religious faith again play a role in building neighborhoods?
Makoto Fujimura believes that art is both agrarian and urban and that it represents both the farm and the city. In this lecture Mr. Fujimura will address these themes by focusing on art of Andy Goldsworthy – the brilliant British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations
In this lecture Dr. Wilfred McClay will offer insight as to why and how social and religious conservatives ought to care about cities and the civic and cultural tasks associated with fostering and developing them.
In this lecture the Rev. Dr. Jacobsen will be explore various ways that churches can help redeem the civic life of their city by working in and through their own neighborhoods.
In this lecture Mr. Daniel Lee reasons that creating cities ought to be a human act, undertaken with joy, empowered by the Holy Spirit, informed by special and natural revelation, to reveal and enjoy the glory of God.
In this lecture Mr. McGilchrist will reflect on the origins of Colorado Springs as the expression of a humane and Christian civic vision. Which aspects of the city's early years offer lessons for the vastly more complex conditions of today?
This lecture will examine William Penn's vision for Philadelphia as a unique chapter in the history of early American urban development. Dr. Fea's lecture will explore the life, thought, and legacy of this important and unfortunately neglected American founder.
In this lecture Mr. Myers offers a survey of the biblical themes integral to a theology of urban blessedness, from the earliest experience of human community in the Garden of Eden to the full flourishing of eschatological urban dynamism in the New Jerusalem, providing practical implications for contemporary Christians living in America's cities and towns.
In this lecture Dr. Mary Habeck, professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies will provide an in-depth look at the "War on Terror" from the viewpoint of the jihadis. Why did they carry out 9/11? What did they hope to achieve?
In this lecture Dr. Farr will argue that U.S. foreign policy must overcome its own secularist prejudices, identify Islamists who are tempted by democratic norms, and find ways to move them toward liberal democracy.
Islam and the Challenge of a Civil Public Square: Living with our Deepest Differences when the Diffe
In this lecture Dr. Guinness will argue that Islamic terrorism is only the sharp end of a much wider problem that also touches on the America's culture wars, the European constitutional crisis, questions about the future of China, and the emergence of a global public square.
Jay and Wilberforce, both political giants in their day, were evangelical Christians who, so shaped and inspired by their religious conviction, leveraged the weight of their political prominence to better the condition of humanity. They served as prophetic witnesses in their day and examples of principle and courage in ours.
In this lecture Dr. David F. Forte explores the Islamic tradition for the religious, political, and legal concepts necessary for Muslims to live in community with each other and at peace with the western world.
In this lecture Mr. Joseph Loconte offers a historically informed critique of liberalism through the lens of Christian realism with some applications for U.S. foreign policy today.
This lecture explores the core tradition on jihad of the sword and compares it to the just war idea.
Drawing upon recent examples in the war between Israel and Hezbollah Dr. Keith Pavlischek will show how the classic just war tradition can provide moral clarity in the terrorist age.
In this lecture Alan Crippen argues that the Magna Carta was of primary importance for the formation of the American Constitution and that the Christian worldview, personal character, and courageous actions of Stephen Langton are of significant consequence for the American political heritage of liberty under law.
In the inaugural lecture of the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society and Law Dr. Paul Marshall discusses the religious motivation and character of radical Islam and sharia law as well as the prospects for the emergence of democracy in the Middle East.