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The Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture

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The Jarvis Lecture

The annual Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture is one of the important projects of the Religious Studies Program. The lecture is supported by a generous gift from the Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church.

NOTE: Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church generously supports the Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture. The ECU Religious Studies Program selects the lecturers. The views of the lecturers do not necessarily reflect United Methodist theology, or the beliefs of Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church Members.

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The entire exciting schedule of the Voyages of Discovery series can be found [here].

Some of the more recent Jarvis Lectures are available on DVD. Please contact Dr. John Tucker (tuckerjo@ecu.edu) head of the Voyages of Discovery series. Provide the following information:

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For more information, please contact the Religious Studies Program Director:

Dr. Calvin Mercer
Director, Religious Studies
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The 22nd Annual Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture
Monday, November 4, 2013, 7:00 PM
Wright Auditorium

Jose Casanova, Georgetown University

Title: Transformations in American Civil Religion and American Christianity

Prominent speakers who have delivered the lecture include:

  • Dennis Campbell, Dean, Duke Divinity School. "The Changing Role of Religion in American Culture." Fall 1992
  • Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Modern Christianity, University of Chicago, "What a Way to End a Millennium: Fundamentalism and Other Hardlines, Today and Tomorrow." Fall 1993
  • Walter Wink, Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Auburn Theological Seminary, "Unmasking the Powers." Fall 1994
  • William H. Willimon, Dean of the Chapel and Professor, Duke Divinity School, "Thinking Like a Christian in the Post-Modern World." Fall 1995
  • Os Guinness, author and lecturer, "The Crisis of Cultural Authority and the Christian Faith." Spring 1997
  • Nancy Tatom Ammerman, Professor Sociology of Religion, Center for Social and Religious Research, Hartford Seminary, "Christianity in a Postmodern World: Challenges and Opportunities." Spring 1998
  • Bill J. Leonard, Dean, Wake Forest University Divinity School, "Spirituality in America: Faith or Fad?" Spring 1999
  • Lawrence Cunningham, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, "Thomas Merton: Contemplative Monk as Critic of Culture." Fall 1999
  • Huston Smith," Retired Professor of Religion, University of California, Berkeley, "Why Religion Matters: The Future of Faith in an Age of Disbelief." Fall 2000
  • Elizabeth A. Clark, John Carlisle Kilgo Professor of Religion, Duke University, "What's the Matter with Marriage? Some Early Christian Answers." Fall 2001
  • Will D. Campbell, "Speaking His Mind." Fall 2002
  • Charles Kimball, chair and professor of Religion at Wake Forest University, "When Religions Become Evil." Fall 2003
  • Christian Smith, Stuart Chapin Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UNC-CH, "Is 'Moralistic Therapeutic Deism' America's Real Religious Faith? Popular Religion From the Mouths of American Youth." Fall 2004
  • Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University Divinity School, "Why No One Wants to Die in America." Fall 2005
  • Phyllis Trible, University Professor of Biblical Studies at Wake Forest University Divinity School, "Taking Back the Bible." Fall 2006
  • William G. Dever, Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Arizona (retired), "Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel." Spring 2008
  • Marcus Borg, Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, Oregon State University (retired), "Christians in the Age of Empire." Fall 2008
  • Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary (retired), "Recovery from the Long Nightmare of Amnesia." Spring 2010
  • Matthew Fox, theologian and author, "Reinventing Christianity." Fall 2010
  • Dr. J. Kameron Carter, Duke University Divinity School, "Religion and the Post-Racial Condition." Spring 2012
  • Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University, "Strange Bedfellows: The Bible, American Politics, and Homosexuality." Spring 2013

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