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Reinventing Christianity After Rome https://t.co/ROS6pJWmXf Philip Jenkins @anxious_bench
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Event Archive (Past Events)

Baylor Events

Date City Venue
11/17/15 - 11/18/15 Waco,, TX Parchman Lecture Series
Time: 11:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Paul Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary. Featuring: Dr. Alister E. McGrath, University of Oxford The Parchman Endowed Lectures bring world-renowned theologians to the Baylor campus and enable George W. Truett Theological Seminary to make a significant contribution to the realm of theological dialogue and the life of the church. All events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Paul W. Powell Chapel at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. More Info... More information
11/10/15 Washington, DC End of Religion? – Baylor in Washington
Time: 10:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: National Press Club. More Info...
09/18/15 Washington, DC Baylor In Washington Religious Freedom Summit
Time: 9:45am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 3600 John McCormack Road, N.E.,. for more information: http://www.baylor.edu/washington/index.php?id=925485 Religious Freedom Summit, sponsored by Baylor University in partnership with The Catholic University of America Friday, September 18, 2015 from 9:45 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT) Washington, D.C. Religious Freedom Summit will take place Friday, September 18 at 9:45 AM at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Registration will open at 9:00 AM. The Columbus School of Law is located at 3600 John McCormack Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. The law school is one block from the Brookland CUA Metro stop on the Red Line. Parking will be available in the university garage immediately adjacent to the law school. More Info... More information
03/05/14 Waco, TX Ash Wednesday Service
Time: 12:10pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Paul W. Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary, Baylor University. You are invited to our university-wide Ash Wednesday service. Come and join us for a time of prayer, songs, and reflection as we enter into the season of Lent. More Info...

ISR Conferences

Date City Venue
10/27/15 Washington, DC Illiberal Liberalism? The Fate of Religious Freedom in the Public Square-Kirsten Powers, Russell Moore and Phil Zuckerman
Time: 11:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University. In recent years, several issues have polarized the American people, including same-sex marriage and Obamacare’s HHS contraception services mandate. Discussions on these topics are naturally heated, but some fear they have taken an illiberal turn and argue that religiously-based viewpoints are being met with increasing intolerance. This event will explore the potential impact of this phenomenon on religious freedom and the role of free expression in a liberal society. Is the desire to shut down debate on controversial issues leading some Americans to abandon the liberal value of the free exercise of religion for everyone? Moderated by Timothy Shah, this conversation will feature special guest Kirsten Powers of FOX News, who has recently authored a book on this subject titled The Silencing, as well as author and scholar Phil Zuckerman and President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Russell Moore. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please visit the event page. More Info...
10/08/15 Washington, DC International Religious Freedom: Toward a Model of Transatlantic Cooperation
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University. Several European countries, the EU, and Canada have recently addressed religious freedom in their foreign policies. Given that US policy is already shaped by the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) passed by Congress, the potential exists for transatlantic cooperation in promoting religious freedom. However, differences among Western democracies are significant. This dialogue—the first in a year-long series on IRFA policy—aims to identify these differences and find ways to accommodate or overcome them in the urgent task of advancing international religious freedom. This day-long event will feature many speakers from academia and the policy world, including one of the world’s leading sociologists, Peter Berger of Boston University; New York Times columnist David Brooks; and David Saperstein, US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. More Info...
11/06/14 - 11/08/14 Waco, TX Plantinga Workshop
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 5th Floor Cashion, Baylor School of Business – Baylor University. The Program for Philosophical Study of Religion will be holding a workshop on the work of Alvin Plantinga featuring an international array of scholars. Alvin Plantinga will be in attendance. The workshop will focus on Plantinga relatively “underground lecture notes” Two Dozen (or so) Theistic Arguments. More information will be available soon. More Info...
10/23/14 - 10/25/14 Waco, TX Faith & Film
Time: 8:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Baylor University. The 2014 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Faith and Film, invites exploration of the place of Christian faith in cinema, past and present. More Info...
06/04/14 - 06/07/14 Waco, TX CESNUR 2014 CONFERENCE
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: TRUETT SEMINARY- Baylor University. The 2014 CESNUR Conference will focus on space—the global visions projected by new religion and their attempts to embody their vision in local centers. With this theme in mind, we will welcome especially papers on new religious movements in Texas and the American Southwest, including but by no means limited to the Latter-day Saints, the House of Yahweh, Freemasonry, Barsana Dham, the Branch Davidians, and the Texas phase of various national and international new religions. More Info...
04/30/14 Washington,, DC Capitol Hill Forum on How to Rescue and Restore America’s Forgotten Youth
Time: 1:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Russell Senate Office Bldg, SR-485. 1:30 p.m. The ONE HEART Project Steve Riach Movie Producer and Project Founder 2:00 p.m. Remarks by U.S. Senator Dan Coats 2:15 p.m. What Works, What Doesn’t and Why: Evidence for Youth Serving Best Practices Byron Johnson, Ph.D. Director, Institute for the Studies of Religion Baylor University 2:30 p.m. Panel – Best Practices in Serving Adjudicated Youth Terry Hickey, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chesapeake Terry DeRoche, Justice Fellowship Dan Wolgemuth, Youth For Christ Juvenile Justice Ministries 3:15 p.m. A Game Plan for Action Jay Hein President, Sagamore Institute 3:30 p.m. Adjourn More Info...
03/24/14 Washington, DC Everybody’s Business: The Legal, Economic, and Political Implications of Religious Freedom
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Willard Hotel 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,. Is religious freedom good for business? Can religious liberty aid economic development, or help reduce poverty? What are the limits of religious freedom? Under the law, are for-profit businesses entitled to the exercise of that right in the United States? Does the HHS contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act restrict the religious freedom of businesses? What are the legal, economic, and political implications of the answer to that question? On March 24, the day before Supreme Court oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby case, the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs will co-sponsor a half-day conference on these and related questions. The conference will announce a new partnership between the Religious Freedom Project and Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, the co-sponsor of the event. The conference will begin with an “On Topic” keynote conversation between Baylor University President and Chancellor, Judge Ken Starr, and Harvard University Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz. More Info...
12/13/13 - 12/14/13 Rome ISR and Georgetown University co-sponsor International Conference in Rome
Time: 9:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. aylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr will be in Rome to deliver the opening address of “Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,” an international scholars’ conference, on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14. Baylor’s internationally-renowned Institute for Studies of Religion will co-sponsor the conference with Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project. Starr’s address will be webcast live (details forthcoming) and archived at a later date. – See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/2013/12/isr-and-georgetown-university-co-sponsor-international-conference-in-rome/#sthash.HtAgiY72.dpuf More Info...
11/18/13 - 11/23/13 Waco, TX C.S. Lewis 50th Memorial Conference
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Baylor University. C.S. Lewis may be best known for his literary works, The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity but the Irish-Born philosopher, English professor and prolific writer, held a deep and powerful belief in God that permeated his life’s work. Join noted scholars and researchers as they discuss aspects of Lewis’ work that reflect the many seasons of his life and bring light to the soul at the center of his work. More Info...
04/07/11 - 04/09/11 Waco, TX 400 Years of the King James Bible
Time: 8:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Paul Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary. The year 2011 marks the four hundredth anniversary of one of the landmark events in the history of Christianity: the publication of the King James Bible. To celebrate and reflect upon the incomparable influence of the King James Bible, Baylor University will host “The King James Bible and the World It Made, 1611-2011,” on April 7-9, 2011. Organized by Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, this conference will be one of the preeminent international events recognizing this auspicious moment in the history of Anglo-American and world Christianity. It will assemble distinguished scholars from around the globe to consider the history and ramifications of the Bible in English. – More Info...

ISR Lectures

Date City Venue
04/07/16 Baylor University, Waco, TX Ben Witherington Lecture: The Social Identity of the Earliest Christians
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Paul Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary. Description of lecture coming soon More Info...
02/01/16 Baylor University, Waco, TX Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Paul Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary. More information to come soon. Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein is the Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He holds the Sydney M Irmas Adjunct Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at Loyola Law School, and also serves as a faculty member at Yeshiva of Los Angeles and its high schools. He is a co-principal in Jewish Mediation Service, which applies a Jewish ethical approach to problem solving. More Info...
01/26/16 Waco, TX Julia Hejduk Lecture: Original Sin and an Astonishing Acrostic in the Orpheus and Eurydice
Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library. The ancient Roman poet Virgil (70-19 BC), best known as the author of the Aeneid, holds a unique position in the Western tradition: because his fourth Eclogue was thought to prophesy the birth of Christ, he formed a bridge between Christianity and the Greco-Roman classical tradition. Modernity has generally played down the Eclogue’s messianic strains and rejected the idea of Virgil as a pagan prophet. But Virgil’s middle work, the Georgics, provides a crucial clue about his relationship to the Hebrew scriptures. In the haunting story of Orpheus and Eurydice near the poem’s end, a newly-discovered acrostic, SI ISAIA AIT (“If Isaiah says”), suggests that the Jewish grand narrative was integral to his poetic imagination—and that Dante’s association of Eurydice, Virgil, and Eve in his Purgatorio is not an anachronism, but a brilliant insight. Moreover, Virgil’s epic successor Lucan (AD 39-65), who responds to Virgil’s acrostics on religious themes with (newly-discovered) multi-word acrostics of his own, may be alluding to Christianity, nearly fifty years before the earliest pagan sources to refer to the dangerous new cult by name. More Info...
11/16/15 Waco, TX Kevin M. Lowe Lecture: Baptized with the Soil
Time: 3:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library. Kevin M. Lowe is an independent scholar of American religious history. He received his doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013. He will lecture about his book “Baptized with the Soil: Christian Agrarians and the Crusade for Rural America More Info...
11/11/15 Waco, TX Matt Daniels – Universal Human Rights in the Digital Age
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Draper 152. With the rapid global spread of digital and social media, people are reaching out across historical boundaries to advance freedom, resist oppression, and promote the dignity of all human beings. We are all aware of some of the many ways in which technologies such as digital video, crowd mapping and mobile media are helping ordinary people to challenge oppression, share information, and extend a hand of compassion to others across boundaries of culture and geography. These are not just a few isolated incidents, but a broad trend that offers hope for a greater shared commitment to the dream of universal human rights. More Info...
11/09/15 - 11/13/15 Waco, TX Michelle Brown Lectures- The Form and Function of Manuscript Illustration
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Treasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library. Illuminated manuscripts are not just beautiful books, they provide a particularly rich source of exploration of the nature of individual projects and of the inter-relationship between word and image in both generation and reception. This course will introduce students to the components and vocabulary of illumination and to its techniques and will incorporate brief surveys of its development. – See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/2015/11/09/michelle-brown-lectures-the-form-and-function-of-manuscript-illustration/#sthash.pDueTQS2.dpuf More Info...
11/04/15 Waco,, TX Paul Marshall Lecture- “Is Christian-Muslim Conflict Inevitable? The Role of Indonesia”
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library. More Info...
10/19/15 Waco, TX Larry Eskridge Lecture
Time: 3:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library – Cox Lecture Hall. Larry Eskridge is Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals and editor of the Evangelical Studies Bulletin at Wheaton College. He is the author of God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America (Oxford University Press, 2013) where he examines the fusion of the hippie counterculture and evangelical Christianity that burst onto the scene in the late 1960s. More Info...
03/04/15 Waco, TX Abdul M. Saadi Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library – Cox Lecture Hall. 9th century Syriac Exegete and Apologist: Moshe Bar Kepha’s Commentary on Luke Abdul M. Saadi is Assistant Professor in Arabic at Baylor University. He received his PhD, from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, New Testament and Early Christianity, 1999 – More Info...
01/29/15 Waco, TX Gregg Roeber Lecture: The Future of Christian Marriage
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library – Cox Lecture Hall. A.G. Roeber is Professor of Early Modern History & Religious Studies at Penn State University. He is the author of numerous books and essays, most recently, Hopes for Better Spouses: Protestant Marriage and Church Renewal in Early Modern Europe, India, and North America (2013) In a recently-published book, Professor Roeber reconstructed fierce internal debates among Protestants on three continents about how to define and defend marriage in its relationship between spouses, political authority, and various understandings of “the church.” In his talk, he will summarize briefly the argument of the book and respond to various critiques of his argument that have appeared over the past year, primarily from Protestant historians and theologians. In conclusion, he will offer some observations about the likely future trajectory of such debates More Info...
12/15/14 Washington, DC Muslim Minorities and Religious Freedom: A Public Dialogue, Georgetown University
Time: 10:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building Georgetown University. December 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST – 4:30 AM EST Hariri Building Fisher Colloquium > RSVP Required How has the persecution of Muslim minorities affected their well-being in Europe and North America, the overall health of Muslim-majority nations, and the growth of violent Islamist extremism? Are Muslim minorities developing theologies that can bolster religious freedom, stable democracy, and economic growth, as well as undermine violent Islamist extremism? Join us as we explore these questions at a day-long conference featuring four panels of experts as well as a lunchtime keynote conversation between Professor Robert George of Princeton, Professor John Esposito of Georgetown, and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf of Zaytuna College. For more information and the full conference schedule, please visit the event page. Buffet lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. This conference is hosted by the Religious Freedom Project, in cooperation with Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. More Info...
11/14/14 Waco, TX Luis Girón-Negrón Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstong Browning Library-Treasure Room. A Rabbi, a Friar and a Knight: The Old Spanish Bible of Moshe Arragel Luis M. Girón-Negrón is Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and Literatures, and Member of the Committee on the Study of Religion, at Harvard University. A specialist in medieval Iberia, he writes and teaches on the cultural interactions between Muslims, Christians and Jews, as gauged from the literary history of Arabic, Hebrew and the Romance vernaculars. He is the author of Alfonso de la Torre’s “Visión Deleitable”: Philosophical Rationalism and the Religious Imagination in 15th Century Spain (2001), and co-author, with Laura Minervini, of Las Coplas de Yosef: entre la Biblia y el midrash en la poesía judeoespañola (2006). – More Info...
11/03/14 Waco, TX Michelle Brown Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstong Browning Library-Treasure Room. “From Eastern Deserts to Western Isles: evidence for contact between the churches of the Near East, Britain and Ireland between Rome and the Crusades” More Info...
10/28/14 Waco, TX Bishop Flores Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Paul W. Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary, Baylor University. Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Paul Powell Chapel, Baylor University Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, S.T.D. Bishop Daniel Flores is the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville. He studied at the University of Dallas, and Holy Trinity Seminary, completing a BA in Philosophy in 1983 and Masters of Divinity in 1987. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Corpus Christi on January 30, 1988 and served in various capacities, including Secretary to the Bishop, Vice Chancellor and Director of Vocations. He was assigned to further study at the Casa Santa Maria in Rome in 1997 and completed work on doctoral dissertation in Sacred Theology at the Angelicum in 2000. In 2001, he was assigned to serve as a Formation Director for graduate level seminarians at St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston, Texas in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, and Adjunct Professor for the University of St. Thomas School of Theology. In Sept 2005 he was assigned Rector of Corpus Christi Cathedral, while retaining assignment as Vice-Rector of Saint Mary’s Seminary in Houston. October of 2006 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit; was ordained in Detroit on November 29, 2006. He became the Cardinal’s Liaison for Hispanic Affairs with Regional Responsibilities for parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit; Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan. He was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville on December 9, 2009. More Info...
10/20/14 Waco, TX Herman Selderhuis Lecture: The Heart of the Matter: Commemorating 500 Years of the Reformation in Post-Christian Society
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Baylor University. October 20, 2014 Draper 116 3:30 pm Dr. Herman J. Selderhuis is professor of Church History at the Theological University Apeldoorn (The Netherlands) and director of Refo500, the international platform on projects relating to the 16th Century. He is the author and editor of several books, including John Calvin- A Piligrim’s Life (2009). Among his other functions are president of the International Calvin Congress and Curator of Research at the John A Lasco Library (Emden, Germany). – More Info...
09/24/14 Waco, TX Brendan Miniter Lecture- Leadership, Purpose, and National Unity in Times of Crisis
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library – Cox Lecture Hall. It is easy to assume that in times of crisis disparate groups across the country will abandoned their differences and band together for the good of the nation. But is national unity during a crisis automatic? Brendan Miniter is director of historical scholarship for the George W. Bush Institute. Previously he was senior editorial director for the Bush Institute and served as President and Mrs. Bush’s liaison to the presidential museum design team. More Info...
04/15/14 Waco, TX Ernest Istook Lecture: Being An Underdog Is A Great Opportunity
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library – Cox Lecture Hall. Former U.S. Congressman Ernest Istook graduated from Baylor with a BA and received his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1976. After serving 14 years as a U.S. Congressman, Ernest is now in recovery. He represented Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District. More Info...
04/08/14 Waco, TX Zing (Cathy) Zhang Lecture: Christianity and Chinese Culture: Past and Future
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library – Cox Lecture Hall. Dr. Jing (Cathy) Zhang, Renmin University of China Co-Sponsored by Baylor University Press Christianity has had a long history of spreading the good news in China, but membership did not blossom until the 1980s. Facing the giant number and fast growth, many have wondered about the reason for this phenomenon, given the complicated political and ideological context in China. What is more, the differences and conflicts between Christianity and Chinese culture has always been a critical issue and major challenge for missionaries from Christian countries and converted Chinese Christians. This lecture hopes to compare several historical and present day cases, showing the changes in the relations between Christianity and Chinese culture and the new challenges for Chinese Christians today. More Info...
04/08/14 Waco, TX Neal Krause Lecture: Religion and Health
Time: 10:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library – Cox Lecture Hall. Religion and Health: Exploring the Pivotal Role of Social Relationships in the Church Neal Krause, Ph.D., Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health and the Associate Chair, Health Behavior & Health Education. He is also a, Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Gerontology. Dr. Neal Krause’s work focuses on stress and the resources people use to cope with it. Stress is a ubiquitous facet of life. Everyone experiences a major event at some point, such as the death of a loved one or a serious financial problem. Many researchers believe these stressors may have an adverse effect on both physical and mental health. Yet it is also true that most people who are exposed to a stressor do not subsequently experience health problems. This suggests they must have some resources they rely on to cope effectively with stress. Among these resources are supportive social relationships and religion. – See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/2014/04/neal-krause-lecture/#sthash.wjetmeij.dpuf More Info...
04/02/14 Waco, TX Ted Baehr Lecture: Media Wisdom & Media Influence on Today’s Culture
Time: 10:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library – Cox Lecture Hall. Ted Baehr is Founder and Publisher of Movieguide® and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit. More Info...
02/27/14 Waco, TX Defending Constatine: An Emperor on Trial
Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kayser Auditorium/Baylor University. Peter J. Leithart, President of Trinity House, Birmingham, AL with Baylor Professors, Daniel H. Williams, Daniel J. Nodes and Paul Martens. More Info...
02/17/14 Baylor Univeristy, TX Elesha Coffman Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library/Cox Lecture Hall. Elesha Coffman is assistant professor of church history at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where she joined the faculty in 2012. She earned a B.A. at Wheaton College (IL) and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Duke University. She also spent a year as a fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Christianity Today International as managing editor of Christian History magazine. Dr. Coffman writes on religion and media in American culture. She has published articles in American Catholic Studies and Religion and American Culture and has presented numerous papers at the American Academy of Religion and American Society of Church History annual meetings. Her first book, The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline (Oxford, 2013), narrates the history of the magazine and its role in establishing the tradition that would come, in 1960, to be called the mainline. She is now researching Billy Graham as a media consumer, producer, and celebrity. More Info...
02/06/14 Waco, TX Sherif Girgis Lecture: “What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense”
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kayser Auditorium – Baylor University. Is there any secular, rational argument against same-sex civil marriage? Doesn’t equality require it? Could a few extra marriage licenses really affect you or your marriage? What about the needs of people attracted to members of their own sex? Isn’t the debate practically over? What are the biggest weaknesses and contradictions of the case for same-sex marriage? Sherif Girgis will make a philosophical and policy argument addressing these questions and more, followed by a long and wide-ranging Q&A session. More Info...
02/03/14 Baylor University Lesley-Anne Dyer Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library – Cox Lecture Hall. “Eternity at the Medieval Crossroads Between Athens and Jerusalem: The Perspectives of Anselm of Canterbury and Peter Abelard” Few topics get to the heart of “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” like Eternity. What does it mean to say that God is eternal? Does it mean that God created Time and exists outside of Time? Or are these overly technical speculations a hold over from Greek Philosophy? The mystery of an Eternal God that exists in and outside of Time is so difficult to conceive that it is easy to discard it as merely a Hellenistic corruption of pristine Biblical and Christian teaching. This 45-min. lecture examines two key medieval thinkers, Anselm of Canterbury and Peter Abelard, whose consideration of Eternity and Time as it related to non-Christian traditions transformed how they thought about the functions of Natural Theology and its relationship with Revealed Theology. More Info...
01/28/14 Waco,, TX Mark Tooley Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library. Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy will lecture. More Info...
11/18/13 Waco, TX Dirk Obbink Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library-Baylor. Dirk Obbink will deliver a lecture entitled “Biblical Texts and the Art of Papyrology”, sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Religion and the Department of Classics. The lecture will occur in the Armstrong Browning Library (downstairs) and is open to the public.
11/13/13 Waco, TX THE HIDDEN GIFTS OF HELPING – Stephen G. Post Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kayser Auditorium – Baylor University. Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. , Professor of Preventive Medicine and Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, is the best-selling author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping.Is it really good to be good? Does science say it’s so? To borrow a passage from St. Paul, God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7). Does helping others contribute to the happiness and health of those who give it? Did Ralph Waldo Emerson have it right when he wrote, “No man can sincerely help another without helping himself.” In what sense is this true? Is it really in some way better to give than to receive, or at least as good? Is the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” a key to flourishing? What does current research tell us about this perennial spiritual-moral truth.” More Info...
11/11/13 Waco,, TX Envisioning The World: Michelle Brown Lecture
Time: 4:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library. Envisioning the Word: Illuminated Manuscripts and the Transmission of the Bible from: Late Antiquity to 1500 Armstrong Browning Lecture Room 4:30 p.m. More Info...
10/28/13 Waco State of the Church in China – Kim-Kwong Chan Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kayser Auditorium – Baylor University. Kim-Kwong Chan is the Executive Secretary, Hong Kong Christian Council in Hong Kong, China His lecture will be “The State of the Church in China” More Info...
09/30/13 Waco, TX A Charge to Keep: Christian Responsibility Amid a Global Crisis in Religious Freedom – Thomas F. Farr Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kayser Auditorium – Baylor University. In 1952 the great theologian Hans Urs Von Balthasar expressed confidence that Christian indifference to the suffering of fellow believers was a thing of the distant past: “What a Christian of [the Middle Ages] could justify cannot be accepted today; otherwise, he would reveal himself to be an utter un-Christian. For in the meantime something new has been displayed among us. The medieval castle where people danced … above the … torture chambers has collapsed and will not be reconstructed. … [N]o Christian today will be able to dance any longer, while one of his brothers suffers torture.” In a September 30 address to the Baylor community, Georgetown University’s Thomas Farr will contend that Von Balthasar’s confidence was misplaced. While Christians no longer attack Christians, they have not done enough to counter the growing violent persecution of their brethren around the world in places like Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Cuba, North Korea, and China. Western governments, including the government of the United States, are doing little or nothing to alleviate this emerging crisis. At the same time, religious freedom in the West, and in America, is under increasing threat, while many American Christians are heedless or unconcerned. Farr will take on the underlying causes of US foreign policy failures, including the decline of America’s “first freedom.” He will engage the question of Christian responsibility in an age of growing hostility toward religion in general and Christianity in particular, arguing that what Christians do, and what they fail to do, at this moment in history will have enormous consequences for America’s domestic well being, its national security, and international peace. – See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/2013/08/christians-may-dance-no-longer-the-global-crisis-in-religious-freedom-thomas-f-farr-lecture/#sthash.tNW5Z2i1.dpuf More Info...
09/25/13 Armstrong Browning Library Sarah Pulliam Bailey Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cox Lecture Hall. Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for Religion News Service. Before recently joining RNS, Bailey was managing editor for Odyssey Networks, covering religion through multimedia. Before that, she spent four years as online editor for Christianity Today, the nation’s premier magazine for evangelicals. Her articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and the Chicago Sun-Times, and have won awards from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. More Info...
04/17/13 Waco, TX 1st Annual Rodney Stark Lecture in the Social Sciences and Religion- Kenneth Pargament Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kayser Auditorium – Baylor University. Kenneth I. Pargament, professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University,will define spirituality in terms of a basic human yearning for the sacred, a motivation that cannot be fully reduced to other psychological, social, and physical factors. I will examine empirical literature which suggests that: (l) people are motivated to preserve and protect what they hold sacred; (2) the sacred is a resource to people, particularly in stressful circumstances; (3) the sacred is linked with powerful spiritual emotions and psychosocial benefits; (4) the search for the sacred can take destructive paths. I will conclude by considering recent efforts to integrate spirituality more fully into our efforts to improve the human condition More Info...
04/03/13 Waco, TX Eric Metaxas
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Paul W. Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary, Baylor University. Eric Metaxas is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. Metaxas is the founder and host of “Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life,” the acclaimed New York City speakers series of entertaining and thought-provoking discussions. In a decidedly eclectic career, Eric Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, and the New York Times, three things not ordinarily in the same sentence. He has also been frequently featured as a cultural commentator on numerous television and radio programs. He now serves as the voice of Breakpoint, the Colson Center’s daily radio commentary about faith and culture. Eric lives in Manhattan, New York, with his wife and daughter. More Info...
03/25/13 Waco, TX Paul Harvey Lecture: The Battle for Jesus during the Civil War
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kayser Auditorium – Baylor University. Paul Harvey (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1992) researches, writes, and teaches in the field of American history from the 16th century to the present. His particular interests include southern history, American religious history, popular culture, war and society, and the history of American music. More Info...
03/04/13 Waco, TX Marvin Olasky Lecture: Rafting the Political Rapids
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kayser Auditorium – Baylor University. Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of the World News Group, holder of the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College, and Dean of the World Journalism Institute. He is the author of 18 books, including Compassionate Conservatism, The Religions Next Door, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue, and Prodigal Press. He has co-authored ten more. More Info...
02/11/13 Waco, TX Darren Dochuk Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kayser Auditorium – Baylor University. More Info...
11/29/12 Baylor University Musical Advent Service
Time: 5:45pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library. here will be two presentations at 5:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The service lasts about 40 minutes- and it will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra. You will an active participant in this blend of Advent Scriptures, new and old music, and prayers. This year will open with a new composition for Oboe and Strings, writen by Ivette Herryman, a graduate composition major from Isla de La Juventud, Cuba. The service will also feature a new blessing song, “In DaySpring Light” written by Burt Burleson and Carlos Colón. Dr. Burt Burleson is the University Chaplain, and Dean of Spiritual Life at Baylor University. Carlos Colón is Artist-in-Residence at Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University, and a Resident Fellow at Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. More Info...
10/17/12 Waco, TX Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet – John G. Turner Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kayser Auditorium – Baylor University. John G. Turner will lecture on his new book “Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet.” More Info...
09/25/12 Waco, TX The Dark Knight and the Saint
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Baylor University – Baylor Science Bldg #D110. Jean Bethke Elshtain examines “The Dark Night and the Saint” explores the moral world of Gotham City and the late Roman Empire through the lens of the Batman and the great Saint, Augustine, respectively. More Info...
04/12/12 Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library/ Draper 116 Does Faith Matter? Exploring the Relationships Between Religion and Mental Health – Christopher Ellison Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Christopher G. Ellison is Professor of Sociology and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Social Science at The University of Texas at San Antonio. In this lecture, Professor Ellison will examine the explosive growth of empirical research on religion and mental health in recent decades. More Info...
03/30/12 Armstong Browning Library The Stations of the Cross Service
Time: 3:00am. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Dear Friends, Carlos Colón, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion Resident Scholar, and I will be leading services with The Stations of the Cross this coming Friday in Armstrong Browning at 3:00 and then again at 4:00. The artwork for the 8 stations we will be using during the service are photographs taken by my wife Julie, which will be accompanied by readings and prayers that I wrote a number of years ago with Cameron Jorgenson. Carlos has added some music this year, which will involve several musicians to support our singing in that wonderful space. Each service will last about 30 minutes. I hope you’ll join us in anticipation of Holy Week. Burt Burleson More Info...
03/26/12 Kayser Auditorium Timothy Goeglein – “The Man in the Middle” – Baylor University
Time: 3:30pm. Address: Baylor University. Timothy Goeglein, former special assistant to George W. Bush is now vice president with Focus on the Family. He will share with us his unique insider account of why he believes most of the 43rd president’s in-office decisions were made for the greater good, and how many of those decisions could serve as a blueprint for the emergence of a thoughtful, confident conservatism. More Info...
03/06/12 Kayser Auditorium Stephen V. Monsma – Pluralism and Freedom: Faith-Based Organizations in a Democratic Society- Stephen V. Monsma Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Stephen V. Monsma explores the question of how much autonomy should faith-based organizations retain when they enter the public realm? He contends that pluralism and freedom demand their religious freedom be respected, but that freedom of all religious traditions and of the general public and secular groups be equally respected, ideals that neither the left nor the right live up to. More Info...
02/27/12 Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library American Religion: Love It or Leave It?
Time: 1:30pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Headlines proclaim that religion is in decline in America. Religious affiliation and observance are falling, especially among the young. But is that true? Is religion fast circling the drain, or is it proving more robust? Jeremy Lott, editor of Real Clear Religion, took up that question for a special “state of the union” series this year. In this seminar, he will share his story and his report with students and faculty of Baylor. More important: he will invite their valuable suggestions for how to better understand developments in American religion. More Info...
02/08/12 Kayser Auditorium Laying Down the Sword: Coming to Terms with Violent Scriptures – Philip Jenkins Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Introduction by Dr. Elizabeth Davis, Executive Vice President and Provost. Philip Jenkins joins Baylor ISR as Distinguished Professor. Dr. Jenkins will lecture on his newest book, “Laying Down the Sword.” The Bible contains some extremely violent passages, in which God commands the annihilation of whole races and peoples. Through history, Christians and Jews have tried many strategies to deal with these alarming texts, while ordinary believers commonly ignore their existence. Yet as Christianity grows worldwide and encounters other faiths, the need to come to terms with our texts of terrorbecomes ever more urgent. And when we do make this effort, we see that even the grimmest-sounding scriptures can become the basis for a richer and deeper-rooted faith. More Info...
11/30/11 Kayser Auditorium Rodney Stark – “Doing History a Second Time Around”
Time: 3:30pm. Address: Baylor University. Dr. Rodney Stark, Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, will present a lecture, “Doing History A Second Time Around,” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Kayser Auditorium of the Hankamer School of Business on the Baylor University campus. More Info...
10/19/11 Kayser Auditorium The UPS & DOWNS of a Christian Political Philosopher – Jean Bethke Elshtain
Time: 3:00pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Special Announcement: On October 13, 2011, Jean Bethke Elshtain won the prestigious Democracy Service Medal from the National Endowment for Democracy. Regularly named as one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, Divinity School, The University of Chicago, with appointments in Political Science and the Committee on International Relations. As of August 2011, Dr. Elshtain is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Religion and Public Life in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. More Info...
04/06/10 Bennett Auditorium Charismatic Competition: Catholic Renewal in Latin America – Andrew Chesnut Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Andrew Chesnut, The Bishop Walter Sullivan Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University will present a lecture. While Liberation Theology struggles to maintain a presence throughout Latin America, a contemporaneous Catholic movement easily fills the soccer stadiums in the major cities of the region with tens of thousands of fervent believers. More Info...
03/25/10 Bennett Auditorium Septics, Sewers, and Secularization: How Government Flushes Religiosity Down the Drain – Anthony Gill Lecture
Time: 3:30pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Government regulation of religious property has become an increasingly salient issue in recent decades. How and why governments do this, and its impact on religious participation in society will be discussed in this lecture by Anthony Gill, Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington More Info...
02/23/10 Bennett Auditorium The Naturalness of the Supernatural: Cognitive Science of Religious Beliefs
Time: 3:30pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Why do people tend to believe in gods? Are children “born believers”? Justin Barrett’s lecture will present recent scientific research that suggests that humans generally possess a natural predisposition to believe in the supernatural. More Info...
02/22/10 Bennett Auditorium Healing the History of Christianity: Good News? – Amanda Porterfield Lecture
Time: 2:00pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Amanda Porterfield, Department of Religion at Florida State University lectures on christianity’s involvement in healing has contributed to its popularity in many times and places. That involvement has created dilemmas that this lecture will describe. More Info...
02/01/10 Bennett Auditorium American Religion’s Mega Trends: Gleanings from Forty Years of Research – J. Gordon Melton
Time: 3:30pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. A Distinguished Fellow at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, Dr. Melton’s lecture will present an overview of what his forty years of research has discovered about the major trends in American religion, focusing on the factors underlying the recent emergence of Islam and organized community of Unbelief, the continue dominance of the religious scene by Christianity, and the role of pluralism. More Info...

ISR Symposia

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04/20/16 Waco,, TX THE SYRIAC CHRISTIAN CHURCHES: Rediscovering the Church’s Eastern Roots
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library. For over a thousand years, the churches of the Middle East and Asia were central to the story of Christianity. Many of the greatest Christian saints and scholars thought and wrote in the ancient language of Syriac, which historically was a critical vehicle of Christian literature. Those Syriac Christian believers were authentic heirs of the earliest apostolic church. When we tell the story of Christianity only through a Western and European lens, we are missing vital parts of the picture. At a time when Middle Eastern churches face such dreadful suffering and persecution, it is all the more necessary for Western Christians to know and understand this often-forgotten part of their common heritage. This one-day seminar on “The Syriac Christian Churches” brings together leading scholars on Syriac history, literature, theology and culture. More Info...
02/18/16 Baylor University, Waco, TX IMAGE, IDOL, CHRIST- SYMPOSIUM
Time: 10:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Hankamer School of Business, Foster 143/144. Eastern Orthodox venerate icons. Roman Catholics pray before statues. Protestants worry about idolatry. For centuries the question of images has divided the church. Can images now help unite it? Scholars and artists from the three major Christian traditions discuss the church’s past, present, and future with images. Join Carole Baker (Catholic), Dmitri Andreyev (Orthodox), and Matthew Milliner (Reformed) More Info...
11/12/15 Waco,, TX THE SYRIAC CHRISTIAN CHURCHES: Rediscovering the Church’s Eastern Roots
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library.
11/06/15 Waco, TX LIGHT FROM AN ENTOMBED TOWN: POMPEII AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library. In the year 79, the sprawling town of Pompeii was destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. – See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/2015/05/28/light-from-an-entombed-town-pompeii-and-early-christianity/#sthash.PbXy8UEW.dpufIf the material world of Pompeii lies exposed to the historian, does that same urban world offer insight into Christianity in its earliest days? Do the material remains of a first-century town overspill to enhance our understanding of the early Jesus-movement? What might configurations of Pompeian life teach us about the first urban Christians? A group of international scholars gather to consider prospects for shedding new light on early Christianity through Pompeian perspectives. – See more at: More Info...
05/05/15 Waco, TX THE END OF RELIGION? – SYMPOSIUM
Time: 8:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. A gulf separates what can reliably and responsibly be said about future projections of religion, and the interpretations offered. Our goal in this event is to provide an essential corrective to the Secularization Myth, and to offer ways of understanding and debunking future claims as they arise. Toward a Godless America? – J. Gordon Melton GODLESS EUROPE? – Philip Jenkins “Godless Lives?: Does Religion Matter for Our Well-Being?” – Jeff Levin The Myth of American Piety – Byron R. Johnson A Godless World? Signs of a Global Religious Revival- Rodney Stark More Info...
03/16/15 - 03/17/15 Waco, TX 100th Anniversary of the Armenian genocide symposium
Time: 6:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. 3/16/15 6:30-8:30 Kayser Auditorium, Hankamer School of Business 3/17/15 10:00, 1:00 and 2:30 Armstrong Browning – Treasure Room One hundred years ago, in 1915, the Ottoman Turkish Empire made the appalling decision to annihilate its Christian minorities. They chiefly targeted the Armenians, but also attacked other ancient communities such as the Assyrians and Maronites. The carnage that began in the Spring of 1915, and reached its height during that year, claimed some two million dead. Millions of others – mainly Greeks – were exiled. These events had an epochal significance, not least in establishing the concept of genocide on the global stage, and probably inspiring Hitler. The events of 1915 marked a decisive turning point in the history of Christianity, marking the end of a historical chain dating back to the Roman Empire. To commemorate this event, Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion will hold a conference on March 16-17 2015. Participants will include: Peter Balakian Thomas Farr Philip Jenkins Nina Shea More Info...
02/18/15 Baylor University, Waco, TX IMAGE, IDOL, CHRIST- SYMPOSIUM
Time: 10:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Hankamer School of Business, Foster 143/144. Eastern Orthodox venerate icons. Roman Catholics pray before statues. Protestants worry about idolatry. For centuries the question of images has divided the church. Can images now help unite it? Scholars and artists from the three major Christian traditions discuss the church’s past, present, and future with images. Join Carole Baker (Catholic), Dmitri Andreyev (Orthodox), and Matthew Milliner (Reformed) as we ask: When is an image an idol? Why is there so much violence around images in the world? Do we need iconoclasm today? How deep are our differences over images? What role might images have in a reconciled church? What do images have to do with the scriptural claim that Christ is the Image of the invisible God? More Info...
11/13/14 - 11/14/14 Waco, TX Whitefield Symposium “George Whitefield at 300: Remembering the Eighteenth Century’s Greatest Revivalist”
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Alexander Reading Room, Baylor University. November 13, 2014 7-8:00 pm Lecture by Thomas S. Kidd “George Whitefield, Evangelical Christian: The Great Revivalist’s Core Motivations.” Morning Panel 10:30 am – noon Afternoon Lectures: 1:30 pm and 3:15 pm December 2014 marks the 300th birthday of George Whitefield, the leading evangelist of the First Great Awakening, and the most famous person in America prior to the American Revolution. In spite of his remarkable career, Whitefield remains strangely unknown today, but his 300th birthday represents a major opportunity to revisit the triumphs and controversies generated by his preaching ministry. This symposium will gather a range of experts on George Whitefield and the Anglo-American evangelical movement in order to consider Whitefield’s titanic influence on Christian faith in his own time, and on Christian movements through the present day. More Info...
04/07/14 Baylor University “Does the Family Matter? The Crisis of Faith in Church and Culture”
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: TBA. Mary Eberstadt will lecture – respondents includes Byron Johnson and others TBD More Info...
03/19/14 Waco, TX Religion and WWI
Time: 10:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Baylor University. REMEMBERING ARMAGEDDON: A SYMPOSIUM COMMEMORATING THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1914-2014 More Info...
11/14/13 Waco, TX Faith & Freedom in the Lone Star State: Exploring the Religious History of Texas
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Congregation Agudath Jacob, 4925 Hillcrest Dr.. Edward Robinson, Assistant Professor of Bible and History, Abilene Christian University “African Americans in the Church of Christ.” Marie W. Dallam, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies University of Oklahoma, Honors College “Corralling Faith: The Cowboy Church in Texas” More Info...
10/10/13 Waco, TX Faith & Freedom in the Lone Star State: Exploring the Religious History of Texas
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Congregation Agudath Jacob, 4925 Hillcrest Dr.. Blake Ellis, Associate Professor of History Lone Star College-CyFair “Baptists and the Separation of Church and State, or Not?” 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” – See more at: More Info...
09/19/13 Waco, TX Faith & Freedom in the Lone Star State: Exploring the Religious History of Texas
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Congregation Agudath Jacob, 4925 Hillcrest Dr.. J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University ‘There’s Something Different about Texas religion: religious Diversity in the one 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” More Info...
09/16/13 Waco, Texas Women and the Bible: A Historical Perspective
Time: 10:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library. 10:30 a.m. A panel that will consist of Lindsey Trozzo, a PhD candidate in the Religion department under the direction of Bruce Longenecker who will present on a reinterpretation of Thess 4:4 through the lens of women in the Thessalonian community; the late medieval historian Melissa Harkrider (Wheaton) who will present on how women used and spread of vernacular bibles in Reformation England, and Kristin Du Mez (Calvin) who will present on the first gender inclusive language bible translated by female missionaries at the turn of the century (book forthcoming). 3:30 p.m. Ben Witherington from Asbury Theological Seminary will be presenting an overview presentation on Women in the New Testament Church More Info...
04/18/13 Baylor University, Waco, TX Branch Davidian 20 Years Later: Reflecting on an American Tragedy
Time: 8:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Truett Seminary, Powell Chapel. “Reflecting on an American Tragedy” – This day long symposium will bring a group of knowledgeable scholars together to discuss the continuing issues raised by the Branch Davidian event and provide some insight into its long-term meaning for American religious life and culture. More Info...
09/20/12 Armstrong Browning Library The Cross and the Book: Sacred and Secular in the Age of Browning
Time: 10:30am. Address: Baylor University. Baylor University Armstrong Browning Library Cox Lecture Hall Panel Discussion 10:30 am Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library The morning panel will feature presentations on education/higher education and secularization/sacralization in the 19th century. Participating in the panel discussion will be professors Stephen G. Alter (Chair, Department of History, Gordon College), Susan Hanssen (associate professor of history at the University of Dallas) and Andrea Turpin (Baylor University Assistant Professor of History) The panel will be followed by two afternoon lectures given by Timothy Larsen (Wheaton College) and Philip Jenkins (Baylor) Armstrong Browning Library Meditation Room 2:00 pm 3:45 pm More Info...
THE REVIVAL THAT FOUNDED BAYLOR: BAPTIST FAITH IN FRONTIER TEXAS
10/20/11 Kayser Auditorium David Bebbington Lecture- THE REVIVAL THAT FOUNDED BAYLOR: BAPTIST FAITH IN FRONTIER TEXAS
Time: 4:00pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. In the early nineteenth century, a wave of Christian revivals which became known as the Second Great Awakening swept across America. These revivals not only changed the lives of thousands, but also fostered vibrant new reform movements and educational initiatives. As renowned religious historian David Bebbington (University of Stirling, Scotland, and Baylor University) demonstrates, one such revival, led in 1841 by Judge R.E.B. Baylor and William Tryon in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas, helped lead on to the establishment of Baylor University in 1845. Using new archival research, Dr. Bebbington places the Washington-on-the-Brazos revival, and the founding of Baylor, in the context of religious growth and ideological struggles happening across the English-speaking world. More Info...
10/20/11 Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library THE REVIVAL THAT FOUNDED BAYLOR: BAPTIST FAITH IN FRONTIER TEXAS
Time: 10:30am. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. In the early nineteenth century, a wave of Christian revivals which became known as the Second Great Awakening swept across America. These revivals not only changed the lives of thousands, but also fostered vibrant new reform movements and educational initiatives.A morning panel will feature presentations on topics such as the history of missions and religious publishing by professors Beth Barton Schweiger (University of Arkansas), Kelly Elliott (Abilene Christian), and Joseph Stubenrauch (Baylor), with comments by Dr. Bebbington.
09/19/11 Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library/ Draper 116 Symposium on Civil War and Religion
Time: 10:30am. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. The Civil War was easily the deadliest war in American history. But was it a war of religion? This symposium on the role of faith in the Civil War, featured lectures and presentations by several noted Civil War scholars, including John Boles (Rice University) and Amy Murrell Taylor (State University of New York-Albany). The symposium culminated with a keynote address at 3:30 pm in Draper 116 by George Rable, the Charles Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama More Info...
05/07/11 Mayborn Musuem Symposium on Restorative Justice
Time: 9:00am. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. “The objective of the Symposium is to raise awareness of the enormous potential and significant role of individuals and communities of faith in addressing crime and justice issues in our communities. This will encourage greater mobilization and coordination of new and existing faith-based resources to implement more effectively all aspects of restorative justice.” More Info...
12/07/10 Waco, TX Symposium on Faith and Generosity
Time: 1:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library – Cox Lecture Hall. WHY, HOW, and WHERE of Generous Giving Generosity is unnatural. Therefore, a generous lifestyle must be learned and its habits acquired. Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion will host this symposium to assess how we might go about better understanding the causes and contributing factors that enable individuals to become generous givers. More Info...
10/11/10 Cox Lecture Hall, Armstrong Browning Library/ Draper 116 Symposium on World Christianity
Time: 10:30am. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. In observation of the October 2010 Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa (www.lausanne.org), Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion will host this symposium to assess current and future trends in world Christianity. It will feature an address by Philip Jenkins (Baylor ISR/Penn State), as well as a panel discussion with Paul Freston (Baylor ISR/Wilfrid Laurier), Paul Froese (Baylor University), Virginia Garrard-Burnett (University of Texas-Austin), and Robert Woodberry (University of Texas-Austin). More Info...

Lectures – Baylor

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04/12/14 Waco, TX 20th/21st Century Studies Research Seminar
Time: 2:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: English Department- Baylor University. Philip Jenkins will present “Prophetic Neighbors: Karl Barth, Carl Gustav Jung, Rav Kook and Rudolf Steiner in First World War Switzerland” More Info...
12/05/13 Waco Musical Advent Service
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library- Baylor University. December 5, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University – See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/2013/12/musical-advent-service-2/#sthash.9pF9JEhu.dpuf More Info...
10/29/13 Waco, TX Taize Prayer Service
Time: 11:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Spiritual Life Center Chapel, Baylor. Tuesday, October 29, from 11:30 am-12:00pm, and from 12:35 pm to 1:05pm Spiritual Life Center Chapel, Baylor University As you may know, Taizé is a monastery in southern France whose simple chant-like approach to singing and prayer has impacted Christian worship around the world. The experience is contemplative in nature as scripture is sung and sung until the “singing becomes serene” as the brothers at Taizé express it. Those of you who have experienced it know just how powerful and peaceful it can be. More Info...
03/01/12 Morrison Hall, Room 120 “Women, Religion, and Agency: Some Reflections on Writing American Women’s Religious History”
Time: 3:30pm. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. The Baylor University History department welcomes you to a lecture by Catherine Brekus, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School; Associate Faculty in the Department of History teaches American religious history. She is the author of Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740–1845, which explores the rise of Protestant female preaching during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the editor of The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past, a collection of essays that asks how women’s history changes our understanding of American religion. She is currently writing Sarah Osborn’s World: The Rise of Evangelicalism in Early America, a book about the early evangelical movement based on an eighteenth-century woman’s manuscript diaries. With W. Clark Gilpin, she is the coeditor of American Christianities, an introduction to the multiple forms of Christian expression in the United States, which will be published in the Fall of 2011. She has been involved in several collaborative research projects, including the History of Christian Practice in America, Perspectives on Children in Christian Thought, and Religion, Feminism, and the Family. More Info...
02/29/12 Paul W. Powell Chapel of George W. Truett Theological Seminary W.C. Dobbs Endowed Lecture
Time: 9:30am. Address: Baylor University, Waco, TX. Dr. Thomas S. Kidd, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University, will present his lecture :Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and the Contest for Religious Liberty in Revolutionary Virginia at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Paul W. Powell Chapel of George W. Truett Theological Seminary on the Baylor campus. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is a part of The W. C. Dobbs Endowed Lectureship in Applied Christianity series, which was established in 1995 by Dr. W. C. Dobbs, retired professor of Christian ethics at Mobile College of Mobile, Ala. Kidd is co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. His research interests are in 18th-century North America, particularly the history of evangelicalism. For more information, George W. Truett Theological Seminary at (254) 710-3755. More Info...

Other Conferences

Date City Venue
12/10/15 Rome, Italy Under Caesar’s Sword: An International Conference on Christian Response to Persecution
Time: 8:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Pontifical Urbaniana University. More Info...
10/30/15 - 10/31/15 Princeton, NJ The Moynihan Report at 50: Reflections, Realities, and Prospects
Time: 1:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Lewis Library 120 Princeton University. The Moynihan Report at 50 promises to be a robust dialogue among scholars across disciplines and political perspectives as they reflect on Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1965 report on the state of the African-American family in the United States. A scholar of both policy and social science, the New York senator explored the structural and cultural pathologies that haunted African American families, and in so doing drew the ire of critics. His report and its frank assessments remain controversial 50 years later. Was Moynihan prescient? Are the challenges facing the African-American family and, more generally, the American family, more or less grave today than they were in 1965? Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions will host leading scholars of race, poverty, inequality, criminal justice, religion, marriage, and family for a searching look at the report and its conclusions in light of 50 additional years of social and political observations. The conference will feature a keynote address by Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, as well as interdisciplinary panel discussions of scholars and policy experts. More Info...
07/30/15 Washington, DC Military and Veteran Kids: Their Story, Our Mission- 2015 National Training Seminar
Time: 8:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Washington Marriott Wordman Park. The 2015 National Training Seminar (NTS) is a globally-recognized, premier training event for anyone interested in serving and supporting military and veteran-connected children. The event provides a unique opportunity for our more than 700 attendees to engage with senior military, policy, corporate, and education leaders. Focused on Character Development, Systems of Support, and Academics and Innovation, the seminar provides in-depth coverage of current issues relevant to military and veteran-connected children during a period of significant change and challenge. Our 2015 speakers will present sessions on a variety of topics of interest to the MCEC audience and feature sessions reflecting our 2015 NTS content stands: Character Development, Systems of Support, and Academics and Innovation. All presentations will place an emphasis on measurable results while demonstrating effectiveness and relevance. Our sessions and speakers will move beyond entry-level awareness and will offer the audience innovative ideas, active hands-on learning, and share critical information relevant to the professional development of educators and military professionals who are dedicated to serving the military-connected child. – More Info...
07/22/15 Durham, NC ISR’s Jeff Levin to lecture at Duke University School of Medicine
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Duke University of Medicine. July 22, 2015, 3:30PM-4:30PM, lecture and Q&A “Faith-Based Partnerships in Global Health and Medicine” Monthly Research Seminar Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health Duke University School of Medicine Aging Center Conference Room, Duke South, Room 3512 Durham, NC 27706 CONTACT: Dr. Harold Koenig (919-681-6633 or Harold.Koenig@dm.duke.edu) More Info...
07/16/15 Washington, DC Religious Freedom: Rising Threats to a Fundamental Human Right – Berkely Center, Washington, DC
Time: 9:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Berkely Center. According to the Pew Research Center, governmental and social restrictions on religion continue to rise. Today, 77 percent of the world’s population lives in religiously repressive countries. This conference will examine the severe and growing challenges facing minority religions around the world and will give special attention to how religious persecution affects women and girls. A central question will be whether and how US international religious freedom policy can improve conditions for religious minorities abroad and the societies in which they live. The day-long conference will include two panel discussions with religious freedom practitioners and scholars, as well as a conversation featuring Ken Starr, Congressman Keith Ellison, and Katrina Lantos Swett, and a keynote by Frank Wolf. For more information, please visit the event page. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided. This event is being co-sponsored by two groups: the Religious Freedom Project, in cooperation with its strategic partner, Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities: Committee on Religious Freedom. More Info...
04/09/15 - 04/10/15 Wheaton, IL Wheaton Theology Conference: The Image of God in an Image Driven Age- ISR’s Philip Jenkins to present
Time: 8:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Wheaton College- Billy Graham Center. The conference begins with the conviction that the Christian doctrine of the image of God offers truth and health in a culture inundated with distorted images. The conference will explore our understanding of the imago as informed by Scripture, tradition, and doctrine. How, in our time and place, might our understanding of what it means to be created in the divine image be challenged or distorted? In dealing with this situation, what are the corrective and constructive resources available in the Christian faith? How can the Christian doctrine of the imago inform and strengthen our witness in this image driven age? More Info... More information
02/19/15 Sherman, TX Philip Jenkins presents at Allen-Head Lectures
Time: 11:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Austin College. Thursday, February 19, 2015 Philip_Jenkins “Christianity in 2050: A World Turned Upside Down” 11:00 a.m. Sherman Hall – Hoxie Thompson Auditorium Austin College, Sherman Texas “World War I as a Christian Civil War: Faith and Mass Violence in the Modern Age” 7:00 p.m. Wright Campus Center – Mabee Hall Austin College, Sherman Texas The Allen-Head Lecture Series was established by an endowment gift in 1985 in memory and celebration of E.T. Allen, Sr., and Mary Bell Anderson Allen; Mr. & Mrs. E.T. Allen, Jr.; and Mr. & Mrs. R.B. Head, Jr., of Whitesboro, Texas. The lectures feature nationally prominent speakers in the areas of religion, philosophy, psychology, history, and literature. More Info...
12/03/14 Houston, TX “Faith-Based Partnerships in Public Health and Medicine”- Jeff Levin presents
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “Faith-Based Partnerships in Public Health and Medicine” McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 6431 Fannin, JJL 400 Houston, TX 77030 CONTACT: Rebecca Lunstroth (713-500-5966 or Rebecca.Lunstroth@uth.tmc.edu) – See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/2014/12/faith-based-partnerships-in-public-health-and-medicine-jeff-levin-presents/#sthash.ETBqjitJ.dpuf More Info...
11/14/14 Charleston, SC Third Annual Richard H. Fitzgerald Lecture in Pastoral Education- Jeff Levin to present
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Roper St. Francis Healthcare Roper Hospital. November 14, 2014, 9:00 AM, invited lecture and discussion “Judaism, Medicine, and Healing” Third Annual Richard H. Fitzgerald Lecture in Pastoral Education Roper St. Francis Healthcare Roper Hospital 316 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401 – See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/2014/11/third-annual-richard-h-fitzgerald-lecture-in-pastoral-education-jeff-levin-to-present/#sthash.izImtZ2o.dpuf More Info...
08/13/14 - 08/15/14 San Francisco, CA “Religion and Population Health among Jewish Adults: A Review of Global Data and New Findings from the U.S.” – Jeff Levin to present at ASR
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square. August 15, 2014, TBA, invited panel “Religion and Population Health among Jewish Adults: A Review of Global Data and New Findings from the U.S.” Presidential Panel 76th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR): ”Religion as a Social Force” JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square 515 Mason Street San Francisco, CA 94102 CONTACT: James C. Cavendish (813-974-2633 or jcavendi@usf.edu) More Info...
07/24/14 - 07/27/14 Napa, CA The 2014 Napa Institute Conference – Philip Jenkins to present
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Equipping Catholics in the “Next America” In 2014, conference themes will include the Economic Justice, Beauty and the Arts, and Reason & Faith. More Info...
06/02/14 - 06/03/14 Irvine, CA Concordia University Irvine Great Commission Summit
Age restrictions: All Ages. Philip Jenkins presents at The 2014 CUI Great Commission Summit is a two-day (June 2-3) church leadership event designed to engage pastors and lay leaders to better understand their place within the global Christian church so that they can better grow where they are planted. More Info...
04/12/14 Midland, TX More God Less Crime Conference
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: First Baptist Church 2401 West Louisiana. Byron Johnson, Guest Speaker The More God Less Crime Conference is a one day Permian Basin-wide conference on the powerful effects of faith in prison, jail, and the aftercare of ex-offenders. Come hear how faith communities are making a real difference. If your church is interested in being a part of a prison or re-entry ministry plan to attend the More God Less Crime Conference. More Info...
04/07/14 - 04/11/14 Chicago, IL World Catholicism Week 2014
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: DePaul University (Lincoln Park Campus) 2250 North Sheffield Avenue,. Philip Jenkins will present. More Info...
05/30/12 - 06/03/12 Phoenix, AZ 2012 Global Summit
Time: 9:00am. Philip Jenkins presents: Local Foursquare leaders from across the U.S. will join national leaders and global influencers from around the world for the 2012 Global Summit in Phoenix, June 1–3. More Info...
04/30/12 - 05/02/12 The Stonegate Executive Leadership Summit
Time: 9:00am. Address: Chicago. Dr. Philip Jenkins, Baylor ISR’s Distinguished Professor of History will speak at the ECPA Executive Leadership Summit (ELS) is designed for Christian publishing executives and their management teams, who gather to network and learn from world-class experts who speak on current issues important to the industry. Plan now to attend the upcoming program to be held at the beautiful Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (just outside Chicago) from April 30 to May 2, 2012. More Info...
03/17/12 3732 Miller Avenue More God, Less Crime Conference – Truevine Missionary Baptist C
Time: 9:00am. Address: Ft. Worth, TX. Saturday, March 17, 2012, Truevine Missionary Baptist Church, 3732 Miller Avenue, Fort Worth, will host a one day region wide conference on the powerful effects of faith in prison. Come hear how faith communities are making a real difference. Collect information on programs that can help you start or enhance your church’s restorative justice ministry. In More God, Less Crime, professor and researcher Dr. Byron Johnson proves that religion can be a powerful antidote to crime. More Info...
03/12/12 - 03/13/12 National Press Club RECAP Summit Washington DC – March 12-13, 2012
Time: 8:00am. Address: Washington, DC. Byron Johnson will speak at this very important conference. With youth violence on the national agenda, now is the time for the first ever national conference to address this critical issue and bring together law enforcement executives and leaders of faith-­‐based organizations. A collaboration between The Pulse Network and Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown of the Boston TenPoint Coalition, RECAP will bring together experts and delegates for two days of sessions, discussions and demonstrations.For more information or to reserve your place, please contact Ben Abrams at 781.821.6741 or babrams@thepulsenetwork.com More Info...
03/02/12 First Baptist Church Does Religion Contribute to the Common Good?
Time: 11:30am. Address: Tallahassee, FL. We all know that religion is the source of much conflict and division in our world, but does it also contribute to the common good? On balance, is religion an asset or a liability? What is the data on faith-based programs, especially related to crime and in prison rehabilitation? Joining the God Squad for this month’s discussion is renowned criminologist (and FSU grad) Byron Johnson, president of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and a senior fellow at Princeton University’s Witherspoon Institute. The forum will look at Johnson’s work on the role of religion in promoting the common good generally and in crime rates, prisons and recidivism specifically. More Info...
03/01/12 University of South Florida Gordon Melton – “Rome, Hong Kong, and Tampa Bay—New Religions in Time and Space”
Time: 9:00am. Address: Tampa, Florida. THE UNIVERSTY OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES PRESENTS “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on New Religions: Globalization & Sustainability” Thursday, March 1, 2012 More Info...
03/01/12 Butler University: Center for Faith and Vocation Philip Jenkins – Butler Seminar on Religion and World Civilization – Global Christianity in the 21st Century
Time: 9:00am. Address: Indianapolis, IN. his four-part seminar series brings scholars, religious leaders and other experts from across the nation and around the world to Butler for discussions about the intersection of religion and major issues of our time. The seminar meets throughout the academic year for evening presentations and question-and-answer sessions. All sessions are 7-9 p.m. Most sessions are in the Krannert Room of Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler campus. Admission is free, BUT TICKETS ARE REQUIRED and available at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office and Ticketmaster*. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Tickets for the Sept. 20 and Oct. 18, 2011 events will be available beginning Sept. 6, 2011. The box office is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. More Info...
02/24/12 Claremont Graduate University J. Gordon Melton – The 5th Annual Religions in Conversation Conference
Time: 8:00am. The 5th Annual Religions in Conversation Conference will explore the topic of Religion and Popular Culture related to this year’s theme: “Navigating the Sacred and Profane in American Popular Culture.” In recent years academics have paid increasing attention to the dynamic between religion and popular culture. This development is not surprising given the salience of religion in public consciousness and discourse, especially in the United States: from the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon and commercialized forms of Kabbalah to the Left Behind book series and Bill Maher’s Religulous, the topic is clearly relevant, not to mention marketable. The relationship between religion and popular culture engenders basic but important questions for scholars of religion: what are the demarcations and boundaries between religion and popular culture, between the sacred and profane? Do “religion,” “popular culture,” and “popular religiosity” name separate categories? Or are they somehow related, intertwined, and at times even synonymous? This conference includes transdisciplinary research related to traditions represented by Claremont Graduate University’s religious councils: Catholicism, Coptic Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, Protestantism, and Zoroastrianism, as well as other religious traditions. More Info...
01/14/12 Christ United Methodist Church More God, Less Crime Conference – Sugar Land, TX
Time: 10:00am. Address: Sugar Land, TX. Speakers—Professor Byron Johnson—Congressman Pete Olson Testimonies from current and ex-offenders Lunch and Freedom Bus Tour included Online cost $20 before Dec. 20th or $30 at door More Info...
12/27/11 - 12/31/11 Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse The Anatomy of Controversy, Sante Fe, NM
Time: 2:00pm. Address: Sante Fe, NM. This December, the Santa Fe Salon, a group of December 28th at 2:00 pm, Byron R. Johnson will discuss how religion can be a powerful antidote to crime. In his book, “More God, Less Crime”, he argues that increasing religiousity not only reduces crime, but it also promotes beneficial behavior. Santa Feans who meet once a year to discuss intriguing topics, is sponsoring a lecture series titled “The Anatomy of Controversy”. The authors of four books on controversial topics will discuss their work, and how it relates to the formation of beliefs, at Collected Works Bookstore. More Info...

Other Conferences – Baylor

Date City Venue
06/20/13 Baylor University Taize Prayer Service
Time: 11:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Spiritual Life Center Chapel. The Taize is a monastery in southern France whose simple chant-like approach to singing and prayer has impacted Christian worship around the world. The experience is contemplative in nature as scripture is sung and sung until the “singing becomes serene” as the brothers at Taize express it. Those of you who have experienced it know just how powerful and peaceful it can be. More Info...
02/13/13 Baylor University Ash Wednesday Service
Time: 12:15pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Paul W. Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary. You are invited to our university-wide Ash Wednesday service. Come and join us for a time of prayer, songs, and reflection as we enter into the season of Lent. The service will be led by our University Chaplain Dr. Burt Burleson, with participation of other campus ministers. Instrumental and vocal music will be led by Carlos Colón, new Coordinator of Worship Initiatives at the Office of Spiritual Life. More Info...
11/12/12 Waco The Psalms in Christian Worship – A festival of Psalms
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Armstrong Browning Library. The program will include a time of worship (using the Psalms), a plenary session, and a panel of speakers. The speaker for the plenary session will be William H. Bellinger, professor and chair of the religion department at Baylor and a noted Psalms scholar, who will address the subject, “The Psalms and Christian Worship.” The panel will focus on models for using the Psalms in worship. The speakers for the panel will be Terry York, professor of Christian ministry and church music at Truett Seminary; Timothy Vaverek, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Gatesville, Texas; and Christopher Culpepper, rector of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, Fort Worth, and head of the Anglican Student Ministry at Baylor.” More Info...
04/16/09 - 04/18/09 Baylor University ACE (Association of Christian Economist) 25th Anniversary Conference
Time: 8:30am. Address: Waco, TX. The conference is organized around three scholarly perspectives in the integration of faith and economics. These perspectives have figured prominently in the quarter century of conference presentations and journal articles published in Faith & Economics by the Association of Christian Economists. More Info...

Other Lectures

Date City Venue
09/25/14 - 09/27/14 Siloam Springs, AR Wilken Colloquium: Engaging the Gospel of John Engaging One Another: Catholics, Orthodox and Evangelicals
Time: 6:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Paradosis Center – John Brown University. Paradosis Center is an independent research center that is hosted by John Brown University and that, in partnership with Baylor University, sponsors the annual Wilken Colloquium. The mission of the Center is to bring together Christians from Catholic, Orthodox, and evangelical backgrounds to have meaningful theological exchanges centered on Scripture in order that we may learn from one another and more fully understand and live out in our North-American context the tradition (paradosis) passed down from the beginning (cf. 2 Thess 2:15). The Center sponsors conferences, lecture series, research projects, student activities, and publications that nourish the ability of our respective communities to understand, appreciate, challenge, and benefit from each other. We hope thereby to enrich each others’ ability “to contend for the faith which was once passed down to the Saints” (Jude 1:3) in contemporary North American culture. More Info...
09/22/14 - 09/23/14 Valparaiso, Indiana 2014 Gross Memorial Lectures: Philip Jenkins
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Valparaiso University. Professor Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, and Co-Director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion, Institute for Studies of Religion, at Baylor University will deliver the 2014 Gross Memorial Lectures at 8:00PM, September 22 and 23, in the Ballroom of the Harre Union. Specific topics will be announced. Professor Jenkins is a widely-published scholar whose books include The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity (2002) and, more recently, Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses (2011). He has also contributed to such publications as the Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, First Things, Books and Culture, and a monthly column in The Christian Century. – See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/2014/09/2014-gross-memorial-lectures/#sthash.Min3OwrX.dpuf More Info...
01/28/14 - 01/31/14 DeLand, Florida Philip Jenkins – 29th Annual Florida Winter Pastors’ School
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Stetson University. Philip Jenkins will present at the Stetson University’s Office of Continuing Education and Department of Religious Studies are pleased to extend an invitation to the twenty-ninth annual Florida Winter Pastors’ School, which will take place January 28 – 31, 2014. – See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/2014/01/philip-jenkins-29th-annual-florida-winter-pastors-school/#sthash.kjAB2PrK.dpuf More Info...
11/14/13 St. Paul, MN Philip Jenkins to speak at Burgess Lecture
Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Luther Seminary, Chapel of the Incarnation Olson Campus Center. “The First World War: The Catastrophic Four Years That Remade The World’s Religions” More Info...
10/09/13 Cresson, PA Fall Ecumenical Lecture Featuring Dr. Philip Jenkins
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Mount Aloysius College, Aumni Hall. Dr. Jenkins will discuss the “Implications of Global Christianity.” More Info...
10/28/12 Paris, Frances Jeff Levin : Energy Healers: Who They Are and What They Do
Time: 10:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Interconnection Médecine-Spiritualité: Un Nouveau Paradigme Pour la Santé. October 28, 2012, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, invited lecture + Q&A “Energy Healers: Who They Are and What They Do” Interconnection Médecine-Spiritualité: Un Nouveau Paradigme Pour la Santé 5ème Congrès Francophone de Médecine et Spiritualité Fiap Jean Monnet 30 Rue Cabanis Paris, France CONTACT: Dr. Marlene Nobel (mrsnobre@uol.com.br) More Info...
09/08/12 4th U.S. Spiritist Medical Congress Jeff Levin: Energy Healers: Who They Are and What They Do
Time: 1:00pm. Address: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington, DC. Jeff Levin delivers during the afternoon session. Following on the success of the 3rd U.S. Spiritist Medical Congress (US-SMC), the 4th US-SMC will be held once more at the Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, in Washington, DC! The focus of the past three congresses was to discuss scientific evidence that support the existence of the spirit and of reincarnation, the importance of spirituality in the practice of medicine, and the influence of love and forgiveness in keeping a balanced and healthy life. More Info...
06/26/12 The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium Byron Johnson- Merit Beyond the Badge – Heritage Foundation
Time: 12:00pm. Address: 214 Massachusetts Ave, NE Washington DC, 20002-4999. Byron R. Johnson presents the research findings of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Baylor University’s Program for Prosocial Behavior conducted a two-year study to measure the lifelong effects of being in the Scouting program, and more specifically, of attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Join us as Dr. Byron Johnson, the study’s principal investigator, reflects upon the Merit Beyond the Badge findings, the personal and professional benefits for the participants, and the effects their leadership over the past 100 years have had upon their communities and country. More Info...
06/05/12 26th Annual Thomas Nevola, M.D., Symposium on Spirituality and Health “Spirituality and Health: An Epidemiologist’s Perspective”
Time: 8:05am. Address: Colby College. Waterville, ME 04901 CONTACT: Dr. Frederic C. Craigie, Jr. (frederic.craigie@mainegeneral.org) More Info...
04/10/12 State University of New York MacVittie Lecture Series April 10 – Philip Jenkins
Time: 7:00pm. Address: Geneseo Campus. This lecture is part of Geneseo’s programming for the White House Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. More Info...
04/01/12 Temple Beth Sholom 4200 SW Munson Ave. Jeff Levin: Judaism and Health: New Initiatives at HUC and in the Reform Movement
Time: 11:00am. Address: Topeka, KS 66604. For more information: CONTACT: Patty Foster (785-272-6400, or admin@templebethsholomtopeka.org) More Info...
03/20/12 Trevisios’s – John P. McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons “Judaism, Medicine, and Health: An Emerging Scholarly Field Comes of Age” John E. Fellers Lecture and Grand Rounds- by Jeff Levin
Time: 12:00pm. Address: Houston, TX. Institute for Spirituality and Health Location: Trevisio’s John P. McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons 6550 Bertner Avenue Houston, TX 77030 CONTACT: Jerri Doctor (713-797-0600, x109, or jdoctor@ish-tmc.org) for more information: More Info...
02/06/12 Oklahoma Baptist University Jenkins to speak on Global Christianity at OBU
Time: 10:00am. Address: Shawnee, OK. University professor, author and lecturer Dr. Philip Jenkins will present three lectures at Oklahoma Baptist University, hosted by the OBU Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, on Monday, Feb. 6. The community is invited to attend. From 10 to 11 a.m., Jenkins will present the lecture titled “Overview of Global Christianity” in the Geiger Center, rooms 218-220. From 3 to 4 p.m., he will speak on the topic “Justice, Violence and Christianity” in the Geiger Center, room 218. From 7 to 8 p.m., he will speak on the topic “North American Response to the State of Global Christianity,” also in Geiger Center, room 218. More Info...
09/15/11 - 09/18/11 Maryknoll, New York Maryknoll
Address: Catholic Church of the U.S. in mission overseas. Philip Jenkins presented “The Keys of the Kingdom, The Global Church 1911-2011 and beyond” at the Maryknoll Fathers, Brothers and Alumni during the Welcome Home 100 year Anniversary Celebration. More Info...
03/23/09 Malibu, CA Philip Jenkins presents at “The Lost History of Christianity” Philip Jenkins presents at the Seaver College Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series
Time: 7:00pm. Address: Pepperdine University. “The Lost History of Christianity” Philip Jenkins presents at the Seaver College Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series Pepperdine University Malibu, CA March 23,2009 7:00 p.m. More Info...

Other Symposiums

Date City Venue
12/04/13 New Brunswick, NJ Jeff Levin at Rutgers Spirituality and Health
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Rutger’s Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. Jeff Levin, University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Baylor University David Ellenson, President, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Supported in part by the Sagner Family Foundation Cosponsored by The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers and Rutgers GAIA Centers’ 2013-2015 Biennial Theme: Global Health! More Info... More information