Christianity

Harry Vaughan Smith Distinguished Visiting Professors of Christianity

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Announcing for 2016:

CHARLES MARSH
Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia 
"Dietrich Bonhoeffer: New Perspectives of His Life, Thought, and Promise"

Dr. Marsh is the author of God's Long Summer (1997) and The Beloved Community (2005).
His biography of Bonhoeffer, Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was published in 2014.

Tuesday, February 16, at 10:50 a.m. in Newton Chapel
"I Heard the Gospel Preached in the Negro Churches of America": Bonhoeffer's Spiritual Awakening

Tuesday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Newton Chapel
Theological Storm Troopers on the March: Bonhoeffer's Protest Against the Nazis' Twisted Cross

Wednesday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m. in Newton Chapel
"Are We Still of Any Use?": Bonhoeffer's Final Questions and the Christian Witness in the 21st Century

 

Dr. and Mrs. Harry Vaughan Smith made a liberal gift to Mercer University in 1990 to establish a distinguished visiting professorship and lecture series in the Christianity department. The gift bears witness to the life-long commitment the late Harry Vaughan Smith had to Mercer University that began when he enrolled as a freshman in 1920.

A 1924 graduate of Mercer, Harry Vaughan Smith served as pastor of several prominent churches in Georgia before becoming Alumni Secretary and Assistant to the President at Mercer in 1946, a post he held until 1955. From 1955 until 1970 he distinguished himself as Executive-Director of the Georgia Baptist Foundation. In all of his years of service, Dr. Smith was a faithful worker on behalf of all Georgia Baptist causes, but always he maintained a special interest in Mercer University and the cause of Christian higher education.


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2015: Amy-Jill Levine
HEARING THE PARABLES THROUGH JEWISH EARS
Dangers on the Road to Jericho: How the Good Samaritan Goes Wrong
Finding the Lost: Where Prodigal Readers Go Astray
Assessing Our Values: What Contributions Pearls, Yeast, Pharisees, and Tax Collectors Make           

 Carol-Newsom-pic-2 2014: Carol A. Newsom

A THOUSAND YEARS OF FEMINIST BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
The Quest for Dignity and Autonomy: Medieval and Renaissance Women Interpreters
The Bible and the Right to Preach: Women and the Word in Protestant Christianity
Radical Outsiders and Ambivalent Insiders: Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Woman's Bible

 2013 volf2 2013: Miroslav Volf
FAITH AND GLOBALIZATION

Faiths in a Globalized World
Religious Exclusivism and Political Pluralism
Globalization and Reconciliation

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2012: Diana Butler Bass
CHRISTIANITY AFTER RELIGION

Millennial Disappointment: The Great Religious Recession
The Longing for Experience: Being Spiritual and Religious
Patterns and Prospects of Awakening

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The Twentieth Anniversary Celebration
2011: Walter B. Shurden
THIN-SLICING THE LIFE OF FAITH 
The Flight of the Dove: Giving In to Being Loved  
The Ascent of the Mountain: Giving Up to the Demands of Love
The Descent Into the Valley: Giving Back Because of Love

2010-Pui-Lan-Kwok
2010: Pui Lan Kwok
CHRISTIANITY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY  
Postcolonialism and World Christianity
The Bible and Sexuality: Does the Church Have Anything Good to Say About Sex?
Obama, American Empire, and Prophetic Christianity  
2009-Marcus-Borg
2009: Marcus Borg
RETHINKING THE BIG QUESTIONS: GOD, JESUS, AND THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Thinking about God Again
Thinking about Jesus Again
Thinking about the Christian Life Again  
2008-Tony-Campolo
2008: Tony Campolo
A SOCIOLOGICAL DECONSTRUCTION OF AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY
Durkheim and Marx Considered and Critiqued  
Being Christian in a Post-Modern Society  
Becoming Red Letter Christians  
2007-Renita-Weems
2007: Renita J. Weems
PROPHETS, PREACHERS, AND FINDING YOUR PURPOSE: LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH
Jeremiah 1:1-10: Your Purpose in Life Is to Figure Out Your Purpose in Life  
Jeremiah 7: Politics, Prayer, and Prophets in Times of National Crises  
Jeremiah 9:17-21: Weeping, Wailing, and Recovering Women's Voices in the Book of Jeremiah  
2006-Bill-J-Leonard
2006: Bill J. Leonard
SIGNS OF THE TIMES: CONTEMPORARY RELIGION IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Spirituality in America: Catholics, Evangelicals, Buddhists and Serpent Handlers  
The Church: Joel Osteen, Mega-Churches, and the Non-Denominationalizing of America  
Drinking the Golden Calf and Other Strange Bible Stories: Revisiting the Ancient Text  
2005-William-E
2005: William E. Hull
BEST-SELLING CHRISTIANITY: JESUS CHRIST AS SUPERSTAR
The Da Vinci Code: Dan Brown on Women in the Life of Jesus  
Beyond Belief:  Dan Brown on Jesus Outside the New Testament  
The Passion of the Christ: Mel Gibson on the Death of Jesus  
2004-Katie-Geneva-Cannon
2004: Katie Geneva Cannon
TRAVERSALS AND REVERSALS IN CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ETHICS
Untying Ethical Tongues: Social Teachings in Black Sacred Rhetoric  
Unshackling Ethical Truths: A Womanist Critique of the Transatlantic Slave Trade  
Unearthing Ethical Treasurers: The Intrusive Markers of Social Class  
2003-Walter-Wink
2003: Walter Wink
JESUS AND THE SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE
The Myth of Redemptive Violence  
Jesus' Answer to Violence  
Nonviolence for the Violent  
2002-James-Forbes
2002: James Forbes
THE SPIRITUAL RENEWAL OF THE NATION
The Case for Prophetic Patriotism  
The Recruitment of Human Race Activists  
Spiritual Courage for Justice, Peace, and Compassion  
2001-Luke-Timothy-Johnson
2001: Luke Timothy Johnson
LESSONS FROM THE PAST: PATRISTIC INTERPRETATION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Listening to Voices Strange Yet Familiar: The Interpretation of the Bible Before the Reformation  
Scripture and the Freedom of the Mind: Origen of Alexandria  
Scripture and the Constraints of Charity: Augustine of Hippo  
2000-Martin-Marty
2000: Martin Marty
AMERICAN RELIGION AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
The American Past as a Foreign Country Religiously  
The Familiar Country That Is the American Present: Today's Faiths  
The Nation on the Horizon of the Future: Religion Tomorrow  
1999-Barbara-Brown-Taylor
1999: Barbara Brown Taylor
THE LUMINOUS WEB: ADDRESSING THE GAP BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Origins: The Evolution of Praise  
Community: The Myth of Sovereignty  
Awe: The Limits of Knowledge  
1998-Paul-Duke
1998: Paul Duke
THE POETIC AND THE WORSHIP OF GOD
The Poetry of Awe  
The Poetry of Lament  
The Poetry of Vocation  
1997-James-Dunn
1997: James Dunn
A FACULTY FOR FREEDOM
Freedom's Roots: Presuppositions  
Freedom's Tracks: Reports  
Freedom's Future: Challenge  
1996-Fred-Craddock
1996: Fred Craddock
JESUS AND THE LIFE OF PRAYER
Jesus as a Person of Prayer  
Jesus as a Teacher of Prayer  
Jesus as Leader of a Community of Prayer  
1995-Ralph-Wood
1995: Ralph Wood
FLANNERY O'CONNOR AND THE SOUTHERN RACE QUESTION
The Place of Blackness in "The Artificial Nigger"  
The Racial Legacy of Her Letters  
Black and White Reconciliation in "Judgement Day" 
 
1994-Elizabeth-Achtemeier
1994: Elizabeth Achtemeier
MAKING SENSE OF THE SCRIPTURES
The Basic Theme  
The Theme Worked Out  
Fulfillment and Future  
1993-Walter-Brueggemann
1993: Walter Brueggemann
A COUNTER-LIFE IN A COUNTER-WORLD
Remembering Against Amnesia  
Hoping Against Despair  
Covenanting Against Commodity  
1992-Walter-Harrelson
1992: Walter Harrelson
THE OLD TESTAMENT AS LITERATURE
The Literature of the Old Testament  
The Old Testament – as Literature  
How the Christian Claims the Old Testament as Scripture