Paul Marshall Lecture at #Baylor Sept. 19 | "Blasphemy and Other Threats to Freedom of Religion and Speech" https://t.co/8wHFGeeqDF
Incorporating Religion into the U.S. History Survey https://t.co/iu3cHdi0b4 @AndreaLTurpin @USReligionBlog
ISR Interview: A Godly Sociology of Religion - Rodney Stark https://t.co/BCTWPqQB5J
How To Survive Graduate School https://t.co/YIQK9gjt47 Thomas Kidd @TGC
Becoming a More Sensible Evidentialist about Jesus - Stephen Wykstra lecture Aug. 22 https://t.co/Ofq9GfxUwK
Rescuing Syriac Manuscripts in Iraq - The ASOR Blog https://t.co/wHcMzptt7d
The Fence: Mainline Protestants and Immigration Sixty Years Ago https://t.co/QlBENynzYv @USReligionBlog @nickphistory
Crucible of Faith https://t.co/nk532jB1L6 Philip Jenkins on his new book @anxious_bench @BasicBooks
Paul Froese on Meaning and Purpose - ISR ReligionWatch https://t.co/HywQz3LQcg
Baylor Launches Center for Christian Philosophy | @Baylor University https://t.co/aRXOb93cuT via @baylorumedia

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Sep
5
Tue
2017
Russell Moore Lecture @ Waco Hall, Baylor University
Sep 5 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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As the cultural and political world around us continues to shift in rapid and unexpected ways, what does this mean for evangelical witness? With each new day comes unexpected societal turns, questions previous generations of Christians never even had to consider, and societal costs for those who pledge allegiance to the cross and to the Kingdom of Christ. How can a gospel-resurgent evangelicalism refine itself to speak with neither perpetual outrage nor doctrinal capitulation?

Russell Moore (Ph.D., Southern Seminary) is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. The Wall Street Journal has called him “vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate.”

Prior to his election to this role in 2013, Moore served as provost and dean of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also taught as professor of theology and ethics.

Moore is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the GospelTempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches. He also hosts Signposts, a weekly podcast on the gospel and culture.

A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys.

Sep
11
Mon
2017
God’s Word and Our Words: The Significance of Preaching from the Prophets to the Present @ Truett Seminary
Sep 11 – Sep 12 all-day

Gods Word

September 11-12, 2017 (modified dates)
Truett Seminary | Waco, TX

A symposium featuring prominent scholars in the field of homiletics, including:

Brian Brewer

Walter Brueggemann
Elesha Coffman
Scott Gibson
Joel Gregory
Ben Witherington
Philip Jenkins

Thomas Kidd

Thomas Long
Eugene Lowry
Paul Scott Wilson
Winfred Neely
Dennis Phelps
Robert Smith
Leonard Sweet
David Wilhite

Presented by The Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching & The Institute for the Study of Religions

Sep
19
Tue
2017
Paul Marshall Lecture @ Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University
Sep 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Blasphemy and Other Threats to Freedom of Religion and Speech

A major, current, worldwide threat to religious freedom, freedom of speech and the press, is attempts to stifle religious and political discussion in the name of preventing insults to religion. This pertains to all religions but is now especially prevalent with respect to Islam. The twenty-first century has witnessed repeated eruptions of violence worldwide and such matters are now in the news every week.

Most victims fall into four basic categories. 1. “Post-Islamic” faiths. Baha’is and Ahmadis, interpretations that arose after Islam, are often condemned en masse.  2. A second is apostates–those who leave Islam for another religion, or none, as well as atheists. 3. A third is Muslims of the ‘wrong type’ in the ‘wrong place.’ Shia may be accused in Sunni-majority countries, and Sunnis in Shia settings, while there attacks on Sufis.  4. The fourth major category is Muslim religious and political reformers and dissidents, both in the Muslim-majority world and in the West. There is a larger silencing is among those who, mindful of attacks on others, refrain from expressing any controversial views.

The freedom to debate or criticize religious ideas is an essential element of religious freedom and other freedoms. As the late Abdurrahman Wahid stated “Coercively applied blasphemy laws “narrow the bounds of acceptable discourse…. about vast spheres of life, literature, science and culture….” When politics and religion are intertwined, as they necessarily are in debates about blasphemy, without religious debate and critique there can be no political debate and critique.

Internationally acclaimed scholar Paul Marshall, Ph.D., is the Baylor University holder of the Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). Marshall also serves as a research professor within Baylor’s department of political science. Marshall’s current research is focused primarily on understanding how Muslims and Christians are able to live and work together peacefully in Indonesia‚  the worlds most populous Muslim country. Marshall is in frequent demand for lectures and media appearances and has been featured on ABC Nightly News; CNN; PBS; FOX; the British, Australian, Canadian, South African and Japanese Broadcasting Corporations; and Al Jazeera. His work has been published in, or is the subject of, articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, First Things, New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Readers Digest and many other newspapers and magazines.

Oct
25
Wed
2017
2017 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture @ Baylor University
Oct 25 – Oct 27 all-day

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The year 2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the European Reformation, a time of incalculable significance for the history of Christianity. This was the decisive moment at whichthe Bible was translated into the leading European languages. The rise of printing vastly enhanced the significance of that change, for the first time placing the book in the hands of ordinary people. That movement began a cultural and religious revolution that remains very much alive today, after a half-millennium. In that sense, we still today live in the shadow of the Reformation, and arguably in its still flowing currents. As theologian Karl Barth famously declared, “Ecclesia semper reformanda” – the church is always to be reformed.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame
  • Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School
  • David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University
  • Randall Zachman, University of Notre Dame
  • Bruce Gordon, Yale Divinity School
  • Johanna Rahner, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
  • Carl Trueman, Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Beth Allison Barr, Baylor University
  • Iain Provan, Regent College
  • Tamara Lewis, Southern Methodist University
  • Godwin Makabi, Anglican Church of Nigeria

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Nov
14
Tue
2017
Richard Asante Lecture @ Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University
Nov 14 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The Role of Religion in Electoral Politics in Ghana and America: The Surprising Similarities.mr_richard_asante 2_1(1)

In this talk, Asante examines the role of religion (Christian) in electoral politics in Ghana and America during the 2016 Elections. He will present preliminary findings on ongoing research project on religion and electoral politics in Ghana and America. He demonstrates that despite the separation of religion from the state, religion played an important role in the 2016 Elections in Ghana and America. He concludes by looking at the implications for the future of democracy in Ghana and America.

Dr. Richard Asante a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. Asante holds a PhD in Political Science under the Harvard University, Boston (USA) and University of Ghana Split-PhD Program. He previously served as the Head of Department and Research Coordinator of the History and Politics Unit of the Institute of African Studies from August 2014 to July 2016.  Asante teaches courses in comparative politics of Africa, peace and security in Africa and political economy of African development at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has special research interest in democratization, social capital and religion and politics. Asante has received a number of awards and fellowships. He was a Resident Scholar in International Relations at Pomona College, Claremont, USA during the 2016-2017 academic year where he taught courses in comparative politics of Africa and peace and security in Africa. He previously served as a Visiting Scholar at the New School University, New York (2004); Oxford University, UK (2005), University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa; and Northwestern University, Evanston, USA (2012-2013). Asante is the Regional Manager for West Africa in the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-DEM) based in the University of Gothenburg, Sweden researching into alternative ways of measuring democracy globally. He is also a Mo Ibrahim Scholar of African Governance and Development; and Afrobarometer Scholar, and Associate member of the Afrobarometer Research Team, Ghana under the auspices of the Ghana Center for Democracy and Development (CDD-Ghana).

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