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6273-Woolman Lecture Series

6273-February 9, 2012

JenkinsPhilip Jenkins, Ph.D., the Distinguished Senior Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, will be the next Woolman Series lecturer March 13-14.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Philip Jenkins works in several diverse fields in both history and religious studies. His current interests include the study of global Christianity, past and present; of new and emerging religious movements; and of twentieth century U.S. history, chiefly post-1975. He also has an enduring interest in issues of crime and deviance, and the construction of social problems. He has published more than 20 books, which have been translated into twelve languages.  Some recent titles include The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity (2002), Decade of Nightmares: The End of the 1960s and the Making of Eighties America (2006), and The Lost History of Christianity (2008), and Jesus Wars (2010) on the Christological controversies of the fifth century. His latest book, Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses, was published by HarperOne Fall 2011.

Lecture titles:

Chapel Address:  New Worlds Of Faith: Reading the Bible in New Churches

March 13

10:30 a.m.

Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts

Lecture: Laying Down the Sword: How Christians and Muslims Confront the Violence in their Scriptures
March 13
7:30 p.m.
Johnson Center, Room 106
The Bible contains some extraordinarily violent passages in which God commands acts of genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass murder. In recent times, and as Westerners have responded to violent scriptures in Islam, there has been an increasingly urgent need to confront the texts of terror in their own heritage. Yet read with understanding, even what seem like the worst and grimmest texts can become a means of strengthening and enriching Christian faith.

Lecture:  Christianity, Islam and Europe's Religious Crisis

March 14
7:30 p.m.

Johnson Center, Room 106

In recent years American commentators have expressed alarm about the fate of religion in Europe, and whether Christianity might fade away altogether, and even to be replaced by Islam. What is the state of both religions in Europe, and what impact will current changes have on the United States?

The Lecture Series is named for John Woolman (1720-1772), a Quaker from New Jersey who provided much of the theological, intellectual, and ethical foundation for the earliest antislavery activities in America. Drawing from traditional Christian, Quaker, evangelical, quietist, and rationalist sources, Woolman published works that encouraged others to rethink the Friends' role in addressing a range of topics including slavery, working conditions, spiritual discipline, pacifism, the use of wealth, the use of time, and relationships with Native Americans. His antislavery writings and speaking campaigns throughout the colonies helped prompt the Friends to become the first body of Americans to actively denounce slavery and require all its members to free any person that they held in slavery. Providing some of the earliest inspiration for the major ethical shift in thinking about slavery, Woolman's writings and actions influenced leaders in the early antislavery and abolitionist movements in America and Great Britain. Woolman Hall, a residence hall on Malone's campus, is named in his honor.


Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


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