Ralph Wood to Speak Jan. 14 at Truett Seminary Faculty Convocation

Jan. 13, 1999

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Dr. Ralph C. Wood will deliver the annual spring address to the 1999 George W. Truett Theological Seminary faculty convocation at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the chapel of First Baptist Church Waco.

A distinguished University Professor at Baylor, Wood will speak on the topic -- "Loud, Dogmatic and Certain: Three Good Christian Words."

"At a time when diversity and inclusiveness and tolerance are the sacrosanct words, we think it bad taste as well as bad religion to be loud, dogmatic and certain," said Wood, who was selected to speak by the Truett faculty. "I could not conceive of an authentic witness to the Jesus Christ that is not loud, dogmatic, and certain."

A literary and theological scholar, Wood was named Baylor's first University Professor in April 1998. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago and taught for 27 years at Wake Forest University before leaving for Samford University in 1997. He serves as editor-at-large for The Christian Century and has published more than 130 reviews, articles, chapters and books, including The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists. University Professors teach classes across disciplinary boundaries rather than being based in particular departments, and they report directly to the university provost.

The convocation is open to the public. For more information, call (254) 710-3755.

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