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Catholic, Evangelical, and Protestant Theologies on the Return of the Jewish People to Sovereignty in the Ancient Homeland


A Panel Discussion Featuring:

  • Mark Galli, Editor, Christianity Today
  • David Heim, Editor, The Christian Century
  • Fr. John Pawlikowski, Catholic Theological Union


  • Rabbi Yehiel Poupko is Rabbinic Scholar at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Monday, May 1, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. with a Reception to Follow
Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful at
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

For a significant majority of the Jewish people, the Zionist movement and the establishment of the State of Israel have no religious significance. Ironically, for Christians and Christianity the return of the Jewish people to sovereignty has engendered significant  theological responses. The variety of Christian theologies move along a spectrum from the Pre-Millennial Dispensationalist, which views the return of the Jewish people to sovereignty as a harbinger of the end times and the Second Coming, to those supercessionist positions which hold that with the coming of Christ the promises made to Abraham are transferred to the new Israel and the Jewish people have lost all connection to the land. Within the mainline Protestant denominations, Evangelical Christianity, and the Roman Catholic Church there are a variety of theological responses. The three panelists are uniquely qualified to present the range of these theological positions within their own universe of religious discourse – Protestant Christianity, Evangelical Christianity, and Roman Catholicism. This will be followed by a Jewish response to these three Christian theologies. The program will end with a brief question and answer session.  

About Mark Galli

Mark Galli was born and raised in California, received his B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz, his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and did some doctoral work at U.C. Davis. Galli served as a Presbyterian pastor for 10 years in between Mexico City and Sacramento before becoming a journalist. Since then, Galli has spent 26 years as an editor with three different magazines: Leadership, a leading journal for pastors, Christian History, a popular history magazine, and Christianity Today, a leading religious journal in America.

He has published dozens of articles in a variety of magazines, from devotional pieces in The Upper Room to commentary on current events in The New York Times. He has written or co-written at least 9 books, from biographies (St. Francis of Assisi and Karl Barth), to books on spirituality (like Jesus Mean and Wild and Chaos and Grace: Discovering the Liberating Work of the Holy Spirit) and liturgy (Beyond Bells & Smells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy). Galli also leads workshops on both writing and editing for professional associations, and has done free-lance editing for book publishers and businesses

About David Heim

David Heim has since 1998 been executive editor of The Christian Century, a biweekly magazine of religion, politics, and culture. He has written hundreds of signed and unsigned articles for the magazine, as well as reviews for the Washington Post Book World and other journals. He co-edited Living by the Word (Chalice, 2004) and two volumes of the series How My Mind Has Changed (Eerdmans, 1991; Cascade, 2012). A graduate of Amherst College, he has master’s degrees from Yale Divinity School and Yale’s American Studies program. His M.Div. degree is from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and he is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

About Fr. John Pawlikowski

A leading figure in the Christian-Jewish dialogue, Father John Pawlikowski, OSM was the two-term President and Chair of the Theology Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). He remains on ICCJ's board as immediate past president. Pawlikowski is a member of the Catholic Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics (past board member), the Ethics Working Group of the World Conservation Union, and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. He also served as the principal theological consultant for the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Energy.

He is the author/editor of more than fifteen books including The Challenge of the Holocaust for Christian TheologyChrist in the Light of the Christian-Jewish DialogueJesus and the Theology of IsraelBiblical and Theological Reflections on The Challenge of PeaceJustice in the Marketplace: CTU’s Pastoral Commentary on the Bishops’ letter on the EconomyThe Ecological Challenge: Ethical, Liturgical, and Spiritual ResponsesReinterpreting Revelation and Tradition: Jews and Christians in ConversationGood and Evil after Auschwitz, and Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust.

He also is a contributor to many journals and has served on the editorial boards of numerous publications including: Journal of Ecumenical StudiesJournal of Holocaust and Genocide StudiesExplorationsShofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, and Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Pawlikowski also served as Editor of New Theology Review for seven years.

May 1, 2017

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