Dr. Justo Gonzalez To Give Parchman Endowed Lectures on 'God's Sabbath and Ours'

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Dr. Justo Gonzalez
March 2, 2007

Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary will bring another in a long line of world-renowned theologians to the Baylor campus, when Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez delivers the annual Parchman Endowed Lectures March 6-8 in the seminary's Paul Powell Chapel.

A retired professor of historical theology and the author of more than 100 books, including The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Reformation, The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day, and the three-volume History of Christian Thought, Gonzalez will give three lectures on "God's Sabbath and Ours." He will speak on "The God Who Rests" on Tuesday, March 6, "After the Divine Image" on Wednesday, March 7, and "The Eternal Sabbath" on Thursday, March 8. The lectures will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Powell Chapel and are free and open to the public.

An ordained United Methodist minister, Gonzalez has focused the past 30 years on developing programs for the theological education of Hispanics. He has played a crucial role in the birth of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, the Hispanic Summer Program and the Association for Hispanic Theological Education (AETH), all programs seeking to strengthen and improve various aspects of theological education.

Born in Cuba of parents who were both ordained, Gonzalez attended United Seminary in Cuba and earned his master's degree and doctorate from Yale University, where he was the youngest person ever to be awarded a Ph.D. in historical theology. In addition, he holds four honorary doctorates.

The Parchman Endowed Lectures bring world-renowned theologians to the Baylor campus and enable Truett Seminary to make a significant contribution to the realm of theological dialogue and the life of the church. The lectures were established in 1999 by Leo and Gloriana Parchman to encourage dynamic discussion on topics related to theological studies.

Past lecturers include theologian and "The Message" author Eugene Peterson, Riverside Church (NYC) minister James Forbes Jr., New Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, Templeton Prize winner John Polkinghorne, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey N.T. Wright, theological ethicist Lewis B. Smedes, and preeminent theologian Jürgen Moltmann.

For more information, contact Dr. Todd Still, associate professor of Christian scriptures, at (254) 710-7347.

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