Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion Hosts Historian Paul Harvey

March 22, 2013
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WACO, Texas (March 22, 2013) - Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion will host Paul Harvey, Ph.D., for a lecture titled, "The Battle for Jesus During the Civil War." The lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St. It will be a discussion of America's religious history, particularly during the mid-19th century.

Harvey is a professor of history and Presidential Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where he specializes in American history from the 16th century to the present. His professional scholarly blog Religion in American History is respected by academics across the United States. Additionally, he contributes to journals as a writer and editor and has written several books.

"Paul Harvey is a highly influential historian of religion and race in American history," said Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D. professor of history, Senior Fellow in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion and co-director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion. "We are especially pleased that he could join us to speak on 'The Battle for Jesus during the Civil War' as our nation continues to observe the American Civil War's sesquicentennial."

This lecture is free and open to the public. Guests are requested to register in advance by calling 254-710-7555 or by clicking here.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


Launched in August 2004, the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) exists to initiate, support and conduct research on religion, involving scholars and projects spanning the intellectual spectrum: history, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, epidemiology, theology and religious studies. The institute's mandate extends to all religions, everywhere, and throughout history, and embraces the study of religious effects on prosocial behavior, family life, population health, economic development and social conflict. While always striving for appropriate scientific objectivity, ISR scholars treat religion with the respect that sacred matters require and deserve. For more information, visit

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