Princeton Theology Professor To Speak On Feb. 24

Feb. 22, 2005

by Julie Campbell Carlson

Dr. Ellen Charry, the Margaret W. Harmon Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in room 120 at Morrison Constitution Hall on the Baylor University campus. Her lecture - "Can We Know God?" - is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning.

"Theology began its Christian life as a way to help people know, love and enjoy God," Charry writes. "In the Middle Ages it became a scientific endeavor to establish right doctrine in order to oppose heresy and sustain the unity of the church. Modern philosophy ruled that we cannot know God at all, and theology (including apologetics) became a tool of church management. The current post-critical moment invites renewed reflection on whether we can and if so, how we know, love and enjoy God."

Charry joined the Princeton Theological Seminary faculty in 1997, having been an assistant professor of theology in the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Her most recent books are Inquiring After God: Classic and Contemporary Readings and By the Renewing of Your Minds: Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine.

The author of many scholarly and popular articles, she serves as editor of Theology Today and editor at large for The Christian Century. Charry also serves on the Academic Advisory Committee of the Institute for American Values, on the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, on the advisory council of Pro Ecclesia and as a consulting editor to the Scottish Journal of Theology.

For more information, call 710-4805.

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