First Things magazine editor Dr. Rusty Reno will deliver a lecture titled “Christianity in Public Life” to the Christendom College community on Monday, October 3. Starting off the college’s Major Speaker Program for the 2016-17 academic year, the talk will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the St. Lawrence Commons and is open to the public.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Reno received his B.A. from Haverford College, before earning his Ph.D. from Yale University. Baptized into the Episcopal Church, Reno was an active member in the church for years, serving as deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and as a member of the Theology Committee of the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops. In 2004, Reno was received into the Roman Catholic Church, influenced, in part, by the writings of John Henry Newman.
Since converting to Catholicism, Reno has written several critically acclaimed works, including Fighting the Noonday Devil — and Other Essays Personal and Theological, a theological commentary on the Book of Genesis for the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series, and his most recent work, Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society.
He has been published in many academic journals as well, with his essays and opinion pieces on religion, public life, contemporary culture, and current events appearing in Commentary and the Washington Post, amongst others. Reno has appeared as a guest on CNN’s Crossfire, EWTN’s Faith & Culture, and numerous other radio shows.
Christendom College’s Major Speaker Program is an important aspect of the academic life at the college, offering the students and community an opportunity for cultural, intellectual, and spiritual enrichment beyond the classroom. The program offers students the opportunity to gain greater insights and depth of understanding of important issues, and to interact personally with a wide range of men and women who are shapers and critics of our society.