Read about the panelists participating in the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate over the role of religion in America.
SPEAKERS FOR THE MOTION
Susan Jacoby is the author of seven books, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism and Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1984.
The Rev. Barry Lynn is executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a position he has held since 1992. Lynn is a longtime civil liberties attorney, ordained minister, and the author of the book Piety & Politics: The Right Wing Assault on Religious Freedom.
Alan Wolfe is a professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. His books include Does American Democracy Still Work? and The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Practice Our Faith.
SPEAKERS AGAINST THE MOTION
Jean Bethke Elshtain, a political philosopher, is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. Her books include Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social Thought, The Family in Political Thought, and Democracy on Trial.
William Galston is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was a professor at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy; and founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.
Albert Raboteau teaches at Princeton University where he holds the Henry W. Putnam Chair in Religion. He specializes in religion in America, teaching and researching in the areas of African-American religious history, Roman Catholicism in America, and religion and social reform.
Peter Steinfels is co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture. He was senior religion correspondent at The New York Times from 1988 to 1997 and continues to write a biweekly column on religion and ethics.