Renowned Christian Ethicist To Speak Sept. 17

Sept. 11, 2002

One of the nation's leading Christian ethicists will deliver the inaugural Daniel B. McGee Endowed Lecture in Religious Studies Tuesday, Sept. 17. Dr. James M. Gustafson, retired professor of Christian ethics at Emory University, will speak on "'Who' or 'What' Are We?" at 8 p.m. in Miller Chapel on the Baylor University campus.

Gustafson earned his doctorate from Yale University and spent 18 years teaching in the Yale Divinity School, including a stint as chairman of the department of religious studies. He left Yale to become University Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago. He joined Emory in 1988 as the Henry R. Luce Professor of Humanities and Comparative Studies and later was named the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Comparative Studies and Religion. He retired in 1998.

He is the author of 14 books, including "Intersections: Science, Theology and Ethics," "Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective: Vol. 1 and 2," and "Can Ethics Be Christian." His scholarly articles have been published in such journals as Journal of Religion, Theology Today, Harvard Theological Review and Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, to name a few. Additionally, major critical discussions of Gustafson's work have been published in Journal of Religious Ethics and Journal of Religion and Science.

The holder of 11 honorary doctorate degrees, Gustafson was a Guggenheim Fellow at Princeton University, a Guggenheim Fellow-in-Residence at Lund University and a Kent Fellow at the Society of Religion and Higher Education. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former president of the American Society of Christian Ethics.

The lecture series was established by Ambassador and Mrs. Lyndon Olson Jr. to honor Dr. Daniel McGee, professor of religion at Baylor. Gustafson's lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the department of religion at 710-3740.

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