[About the Participants] [Opening
Statement by Ed Buckner] [Opening Statement
by John Rankin][Dialog] [Questions
from the Audience] [Closing Statements]
[Return to Mars Hill Forum]
Is the United States a Christian Nation?
Should It Be?
About the Participants
Dr. Ed Buckner is Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism in Buffalo, New York. He serves as editor of its Free Inquiry magazine, and speaks frequently and passionately on church and state matters. Dr. Buckner holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. Website: www.secularhumanism.org
Rev. John C. Rankin
was raised as a secular humanist, an agnostic Unitarian prior to his
conversion to a biblical faith in 1967. He holds graduate degrees in
theology from Gordon-Conwell and Harvard, and is author of the 3-volume
set First the Gospel, Then Politics. He hosts Mars Hill Forums
on university campuses and other venues across the country, and is president
of the Theological Education Institute in Hartford, Connecticut. Website: