Speakers to Address Challenges, Transformations in ‘Higher Learning’ Symposium Hosted by @BaylorIFL https://t.co/klfj98A6Ml
The New Christian Zionism | Thomas Kidd @TGC https://t.co/cYJPQe3b9Y
Timothy Shah lecture "Religious Liberty in India" tomorrow at #Baylor https://t.co/j3PBKK8HSj
Of Wells, Springs, and Samaritans https://t.co/yquMQ5UUDY Philip Jenkins, @anxious_bench
Lazarus and James https://t.co/0st5LoPM1v Philip Jenkins, Anxious Bench
Featured speakers and panels for @BaylorIFL "Higher Learning" conference Oct. 27-29 https://t.co/bEtJvM4G9X
Former 'bloodiest prison in America' offers blueprint for Alabama prison crisis - Joshua Hays https://t.co/YjmQMq1Qlw
2 Million Dollars 1 Billion Souls | The Philanthropy Roundtable https://t.co/oil008UybK
watch George Marsden lecture at Baylor on #CSLewis and Mere Christianity https://t.co/ipCyATabyh
Christianity’s Lost World | Peter J. Leithart | First Things https://t.co/sotBao2oJ0

Faith & Freedom in the Lone Star State: Exploring the Religious History of Texas

September 19, 2013– 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W. Waco Dr., Waco, TX 

J. Gordon Melton
Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University
‘There’s Something Different about Texas religion: religious Diversity in the Lone Star State’

Timothy Matovina, Professor of Theology and the Executive Director of the Institute for Latino Studies, Notre Dame University
“Natives and Newcomers: Ethnic Mexican Religious Convergences in 1920s San Antonio”

October 10, 2013 – 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Congregation Agudath Jacob, 4925 Hillcrest Dr., Waco, TX

Blake Ellis, Associate Professor of History Lone Star College-CyFair
“Baptists and the Separation of Church and State, or Not?”

Marie W. Dallam, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies University of Oklahoma, Honors College “Corralling Faith: The Cowboy Church in Texas”

Please note:
*Men are required to wear casual but respectful head coverings while in the building, so feel free to bring a hat (baseball, cowboy, etc.), or just use one of the small caps (Yamulke) that are always available and provided at the facility.

November 14, 2013 – 7:00 – 9:30 pm
The Palladium, 729 Austin Ave Waco, TX

Edward Robinson, Assistant Professor of Bible and History, Abilene Christian University
“The Fight is on in Texas: African Americans in the Church of Christ”

Michael Parrish, Linden G. Bowers Professor of American Church History, Baylor University “Slavery, Civil War, and Freedom: Texas Baptists in the Civil War Era, focusing on Baylor University and Waco University”

Religion played a key role in the revolution that brought an independent Texas republic into existence and in its wake a variety of churches–Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian–began to appear and the Roman Catholic Church found a new start. Slowly decade by decade, a Christian community reappeared and additional new denominations—Episcopalians, Lutherans, Eastern Orthodox, and Holiness—established their judicatories, while African Americans organized separate African Methodist and National Baptist churches.

As the Republic came into being, Jewish families founded the first synagogues, a vivid symbol of the diversity that would later appear in the form of Spiritualism, Swedenborgianism, and Christian Science. Through the twentieth century, the number of Christian denominations would grow into the hundreds, while members of almost all of the world’s religions began to open temples where believers meditate before statues of the Buddha, venerate ancient deities from India, and revere the world of the Sikh gurus. And in almost all of Texas cities, minarets now call Muslims to follow the dictates of Allah.

“Faith and Freedom in the Lone Star State,” a new program sponsored by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion that will explore all the elements of Texas religious life, both those major streams of belief that have come to dominate the state’s spiritual environment, and the hundreds of smaller currents that have done so much to enliven it.