Baylor's Institute of Church-State Studies Presents Annual Lecture

April 2, 2012

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The J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies will host the 2012 Annual Hugh and Beverly Wamble Religious Liberty Lecture at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center, 1401 S. Fourth St, on Baylor's campus.

Dr. Charles Kimball, presidential professor and director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma, is this year's guest speaker and will speak about "Lethal Religion: The Explosive Mix of Religion and Politics in Judaism, Christianity and Islam." The lecture is based on his 2011 book, "When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity and Islam." Kimball will discuss the global problem of interplay between fundamentality Abrahamic religions and politics and the dangerous outcomes this interaction may cause.

An ordained Baptist minister, Kimball is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and holds a Master's of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Theology from Harvard University in comparative religion with a specialization in Islamic studies.

The J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, located inside Carroll Library on the Baylor campus, was established in 1957 and is devoted to research of religion, politics and society, and is committed to the separation of church and state. The Wamble Religious Liberty Lecture was established in 2004.

About the Annual Hugh and Beverly Wamble Religious Liberty Lecture

Dr. Hugh Wamble taught church history at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri from 1959 until his death in 1991 and was devoted to the Baptist principle of religious liberty. He represented the Missouri Baptist Convention in legislative matters from 1967 to 1975 and was an acknowledged expert on the constitutionality of "parochiaid," government aid to religious schools. He was the author of "The Shape of Faith," "Baptists, Bible and Authority," "Glossolalia in Christian History" and "Through Trial to Triumph."

In 1997, at the request of Beverly Wamble, the Dawson Institute received a generous donation to establish the G. Hugh Wamble and Beverly C. Wamble Fund for Religious Liberty. In addition, the institute received Dr. Wamble's extensive collection of theological and historical research, as well as his private papers and archives, which will be used to educate future generations of students.

For more information, visit the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies.

About Baylor University

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

by Carmen Galvan, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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