SUMMA: A Student Theological Debate Society


Fall 2012 Debate Season

Resolved: "Complete separation between the state and religion is best for the state and best for religion." - Justice Felix Frankfurter

Theology Coffee House Assignments

Week Two
Reading for all SUMMA debaters:
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John F. Kennedy's Address to Protestant Ministers
September 12, 1960

Barack Obama's keynote address "Building a Covenant for a New America"
June 26, 2006

Mitt Romney's speech "Faith in America"
December 6, 2007

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Suggested Viewing
This friendly video debate/discussion was recommended by the Rev. Scott Walters, Rector of Christ Church, Little Rock. A "conservative Catholic," Ross Douthat of the New York Times, and a "progressive Episcopalian," Dr. Diana Butler Bass, offer perspectives on the current state and future prospects of American Christianity.

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Week One
Reading for all SUMMA debaters:
U.S. District Court Judge William R. Overton's opinion in the McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education trial.
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For Juniors and Seniors:
Dr. Keller's video lecture "Beyond Fundamentalism."
Click here for link.

New postings will follow through the fall season!

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