[Contents] [About the Participants] [Opening Statement by Ed Buckner] [Opening Statement by John Rankin][Dialog] [Questions from the Audience] [Closing Statements]
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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: www.teinetwork.com