Baylor Honors College Presents Fourth Annual Drumwright Family Lecture

Oct. 4, 2013
Ralph Wood, Ph.D.Ralph Wood, Ph.D. courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 4, 2013) - In recognition of the 50th anniversary of author C.S. Lewis' death, the Baylor Honors College will welcome Ralph Wood, Ph.D., to speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in Alexander Hall.

Wood, University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor, will present his lecture titled "C.S. Lewis on Theosis: Why Christians Are Not Meant to Be Tame but Good."

"Dr. Wood's work in religion and literature make him an ideal participant in the series on Lewis. He is known for his wit, passion and learning," said Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College.

The lecture will focus on the differences of being good and tame in the Christian faith.

"I am addressing the great danger of regarding Christian faith as being meant to make us safe and tame when it is meant to make us good in the Gospel sense of the word," Wood said. "I will be using several images to demonstrate what it means to be tame and safe on one hand but wildly good on the other."

Wood will discuss theosis, the concept of believers as participants in God's own life, which he says is an important feature of Lewis' writings.

"Few people know about this aspect of Lewis' work, so it has the potential to reorder our readings from him," he said. "My hope is to appeal to all thoughtful people wanting to learn more about Lewis and the Christianity that he sought to embody."

The Drumwright Lecture Series is funded by Minette Drumwright Pratt, BA '51, who served on the Baylor Board of Regents from 1999-2008.

Alexander Hall is located on the Baylor campus at 1413 S. Seventh St.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by High Tea at 5:30 p.m. in the Garden of Contentment, located outside Armstrong Browning Library at 710 Speight Ave.

For more information, contact Courtney DePalma at 254-710-7826.

by Kristen Bennett, 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.

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