Three fall Dean’s Lectures will bring renowned scholars to speak at Candler School of Theology in September, October, and November. All three events will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room 252 of Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building. The lectures are free and open to the public. A boxed lunch will be provided at the September and November lectures for all who register by the deadline.

Ian McFarlandSeptember 12: Ian McFarland, Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, “‘The Hope of Glory’: A Chalcedonian Perspective on Christian Eschatology.” Register here by September 10.

According to Paul, the "hope of glory" (Col. 1:27) is central to Christian faith, but the recent history of Christian eschatology suggests that thinking hope and glory together is not easy.  This lecture proposes that the conceptual categories provided by the Council of Chalcedon provide a resource for ensuring that the promise of eternal glory is sufficiently rooted in present experience to remain an object of hope rather than fantasy.

McFarland’s current research centers on Christology, with particular focus on the merits of the Chalcedonian definition over post-Enlightenment alternatives. His other areas of interest include the doctrine of creation, theological anthropology, the use of the Bible in theology, and the theology of Maximus the Confessor. He has authored five books, including From Nothing: A Theology of Creation  (Westminster John Knox, 2014). From 2005 to 2015, McFarland taught at Candler, where he was the inaugural holder of the Bishop Mack B. and Rose Stokes Chair in Theology.

Marla FrederickOctober 3: Marla Frederick, Professor of African American Studies and of the Study of Religion at Harvard University, "Crossing Racial Lines on a Class Ticket: White Evangelicals, Black Suffering and Televised Faith"

The author of four books and multiple articles, Frederick’s research interests include the study of religion and media, religion and economics and the sustainability of black institutions in a “post-racial” world. Her latest book, Colored Television: American Religion Gone Global  (Stanford University Press, 2016) explores the rise in African American and female televangelists and their influence outside of the U.S.

Teresa MorganNovember 14:  Teresa Morgan, Professor of Graeco-Roman History at Oxford University and McDonald Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Candler, "Preaching Cathedrals and Temples of Christ: Faith in Church in the Fourth Century AD." Register here by November 6 at 5 p.m.

Early Christians connected the language of faith with every aspect of their life and thought … except their places of meeting and worship. In the fourth century, however, a dramatic change took place: Christians began to connect faith with places of worship in highly creative, colorful and varied ways. This lecture explores that change, its implications for Christian life and theology, what it tells us about relations between Christians and non-Christians in late antiquity–and the impact it still has on the way we worship.

Morgan’s research interests include the history of ideas and mentality, cultural history, Church history, the history of religions, ethics, theoretical historiography, the history of education and scholarship, and the history of gender and sexuality. She is the author of five books, including Roman Faith and Christian Faith: Pistes and Fides in the Early Roman Empire and Early Churches (2015, Oxford University Press).

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