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Professor Jean Bethke Elshtain: Sovereign God, Sovereign State, Sovereign Self

Professor Jean Bethke Elshtain's Gifford lecture series on the theme of 'Sovereign God, Sovereign State, Sovereign Self'

Professor Jean Bethke Elshtain

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Lecture series theme: Sovereign God, Sovereign State, Sovereign Self

Date: January - February 2006


Jean Bethke Elshtain will deliver a Series of Gifford Lectures in the University of Edinburgh in 2005/2006.

Jean Bethke Elshtain is considered one of America’s most important and prolific public intellectuals. She is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, The University of Chicago.

A Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Elshtain is also the recipient of 10 honorary degrees and many other honours. She is the author or editor of some 20 books, including :

  • Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social and Political Thought (selected by Choice as one of the top academic books of 1981)
  • Women and War (Basic Books, 1987)
  • Democracy on Trial (1995, a New York Times Notable Book)
  • Augustine and the Limits of Politics (1996, named one of the top religious books of the year by Christian Century)
  • Who are We? Critical Reflections, Hopeful Possibilities (2000, awarded the Theologos Prize for top book in theology by the Association of Theological Booksellers)
  • Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World (2003, named one of the top non-fiction books of the year by Publishers Weekly)