Holy Warrior Presidents

November 19th,2019 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Charles Brock,M.Litt.

In his book Holy Warrior Presidents: War, Religion, and the American
Narrative, author Rev. Charles Brock examines America through its wars
and the religions of selected presidents, and how this reflects the American
narrative. In these comparative studies, he tells us what transformational
presidents said and did regarding beliefs and actions in relation to wars

and the American mission. Rev. Brock examines the importance of religious
beliefs and providential theology in their approaches to war justification. It is
an attempt to be integrative and asks: "What is America for?" This question,
of course, has a historic answer – from the founding of the country in New
England to George W. Bush, America has been a city on a hill, showing how a
republic might work and, when it is able, defend others from oppression and
tyranny as the Americans have been freed themselves.
-Rev Charles Brock, M.Litt

*This event will be held at our satellite location at Edinboro University's William P. Alexander Center at 110 Kiltie Rd

Charles Brock,M.Litt.
Brock Institute for Mega Issues Education

Chaplain, Tutor - Mansfield College, Oxford University                                     1964 - 1998

Minister- Wheatley United Reformed Church                                                         1964 - 1998

Joint Chaplain – Oxford University Reformed Society                                          1964 - 1998

Fellow and Director of Ministerial Education, Mansfield  College                      1975 - 1998

Course Director, MTh, Mansfield College                                                            1995 - 1998

Emeritus Fellow, Mansfield College                                                                     from   1998

Senior Research Associate in Religious Studies, Penn State Erie                        from   1998

Director - Institute on the American Dream, Penn State Erie                              from   1998

Preacher – First Universalist Church   of Girard, Pa.                                           from   2002


Past Convenor, Urban & Rural Mission Group, United Reformed Church, UK

Past Member,   Doctrine & Worship Committee, URC, UK

Past Member,   Ministerial Training Committee, URC, UK

Trustee,  George Caird Memorial Fund

Secretary,  Yvonne Workman Memorial Fund

Patron,  Oxford Council for Christians & Jews

Past Trustee,  Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem

Member, Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford

Senior Associate, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Teacher, Workers Educational Association [evening classes for 10 years]

Advisor, Centre for Anglo/American/Japanese Studies, Seigakuin University, Tokyo

Founder, Religion & Democracy Programme, University of Oxford

Past Chair of sub-faculty for BTh and Examiner for BTh, DPhil 

Past External Examiner, Westminster College, Oxford MA in Applied Theology

Past Convenor of the BTh Revision Committee

Past Co-Chair, Advisory Committee for the International Interfaith Centre, Oxford


The Lord’s Supper                                                                     1983

Service Book, URC - Sacraments                                              1989

Sightings of Hope [ed.]                                                              1994

Mosaics of the American Dream                                               1994

Academic articles, devotional materials, and reviews               1965 ff.

Work in Progress

Presidential Religion and the Mission of America

The Ten Commandments in American Public Life

Continuing teaching at Oxford [winter] and Penn State [autumn]

American Fundamentalism [at Oxford]

Religion in American Life and Thought

Introduction to Islam

The American Dream                                                    16 May 2013