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Columnist to discuss Christianity, music

Nov. 5, 1998



Considered by some to be the best religious columnist in America today, Terry Mattingly makes his 'homecoming' this week to visit his alma mater.

Mattingly will speak on 'Christian Music Wars' at 7 tonight in Bennett Auditorium.

Mattingly, a 1976 Baylor graduate, now writes a nationally syndicated religious column for the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C.

His column, titled 'On Religion,' is syndicated to 350 newspapers in North America. His writings also appear regularly in Current Thoughts and Trends,Lookout and numerous other religious publications.

Along with writing his weekly religious column, Mattingly teaches journalism at Milligan College in East Tennessee.

'I am a columnist who teaches,' Mattingly said. 'I could not think of living without both right now.'

Milligan College is part of the National Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities. Mattingly serves as co-director of the coalition's Summer Institute of Journalism, a four-week program in late May and early June, held at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Mattingly also lectures as an adjunct professor at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., and at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.

In previous years, Mattingly worked as a reporter and religion columnist at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, the Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte News.

In 1991, he began teaching as communicator on culture at Denver Seminary and, later, was a founding member of the Association for Communications and Theological Education.

While at Baylor, Mattingly double-majored in journalism and history, then stayed to earn his master of arts in church-studies and then moved on to earn a master of science in communications at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Although he was the son of a pastor and a teacher, Mattingly said he came to Baylor wanting to go into music.

'My most glorious memories of Baylor are getting to spend six years in the Baylor Chorale, singing under Dr. Robert H. Young,' Mattingly said.

It was not until his sophomore year at Baylor that he began to get interested in religion reporting.

'It did not take me long to become convinced that religion is the worst covered subject in the America news media,' Mattingly said. 'And it still is.'

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