Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Forrest Church, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Minister at All Souls Church
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Though the contested words ‘under God’ were added for all the wrong reasons at the height of the McCarthy epidemic in 1954, the amended pledge nonetheless conforms to the Founders’ blueprint as expressed in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence. The American Creed: US values rest historically on a spiritual foundation grounded in nature.”

The Nation, Sep. 16, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Council on the Environment of New York City, 1995-present
  • Senior Minister, All Souls Church, 1979-present
  • Executive Board Member, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
  • Board Member, Bridges Toward Justice
  • Montgomery Fellow and Visiting Professor, Dartmouth College, 1989
  • Columnist, Chicago Tribune, 1987-1988
Education:
  • PhD, Early Church History, Harvard University, 1978
  • MDiv, Harvard Divinity School, 1974
  • BA, Stanford University, 1970
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Declaration of Independence Set a Precedent for Religion in Government?