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Event Details

Event Details

Providence Guest Lectures
Tuesday October 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


10:00am - 11:30am - What Was The Reformation All About?

The Reformation was a deeply complex phenomenon: the nexus of struggles among princes, nobles, merchants, and clergy, clashes among empires and emerging nation-states, battles of philosophies and ideologies, and even contests among old and new techniques. At its core, however, was a question of the head and the heart: Does God truly love me? This lecture will explain, through the life and thought of Martin Luther, the central issue of the Protestant Reformation.


1:00pm - 2:30pm - Do We Need Another Reformation?

This lecture will first sketch the culture confronting Canadian Christians today, 500 years on. It will then consider some popular contemporary alternatives, from "Christian" consumerism, to the "Benedict Option," to the "take it over for Jesus" model of activists on both the Christian left and right. Finding each of these deficient, it will finally challenge us with an unsurprising but deeply demanding model of church life that would, if followed, truly reform Canadian Christianity in our time.


2:30pm - Refreshments


2:45pm - 3:30pm - A Conversation with John Stackhouse, Jr.


John Stackhouse, Jr., Ph.D. (University of Chicago) serves Crandall University in New Brunswick as the Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development. Formerly a Professor of Religion at the University of Manitoba and Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College, Dr. Stackhouse is the author of over 700 articles, book chapters, and reviews and 10 books in the history, theology, philosophy, sociology, and ethics of Christianity. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Otago, and many other universities worldwide and across Canada, and his work has been featured by the New York Times, Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and national broadcasters in Canada, the United States, and Australia.


The annual Providence University College Guest Lectures are an opportunity for students, faculty, and the public to come together as a community to hear from an outside expert on a topic of contemporary interest. The day is organized by the Public Scholarship Committee.

Location: Providence Lecture Theatre
Contact: Dennis Hiebert

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