“Common Grace” and “Sphere Sovereignty” Shape Betsy DeVos’s Educational Policies

Willemien Otten

is Professor of Theology and the History of Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She also teaches in the College and is Associated Faculty in the Department of History. A Dutch native, Otten recently served on a Task Force for Sustainable Humanities instituted by the Dutch Minister of Education to strengthen the position of the humanities in Dutch universities.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a parent-teacher conference listening session at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 14, 2017. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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June 13th, 2017

A Dutch theologian explains the religious principles at the heart of Trump’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Education. Hint: it’s a Dutch neo-Calvinist minister and politician.