Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion Presents World War I Symposium

March 14, 2014
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WACO, Texas (March 14, 2014) – Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion will host “Remembering Armageddon: A Symposium Commemorating the First World War, 1914-2014” on Wednesday, March 19, in the Armstrong Browning Library.

The free symposium will reflect on the role of religion in World War I and the relationship between Christianity and state violence. Presenters will also discuss the war’s impact on Christian theology and beliefs in subsequent decades.

A panel at 10:30 in the Cox Lecture Hall will be composed of Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor of history at Baylor University; Darin Lenz, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Fresno Pacific University; and Sarah Miglio, Ph.D., assistant dean of academic affairs at Wheaton College.

Hankins will present “Pacifist Warrior: Woodrow Wilson and the Call of War;” Lenz will discuss “Loyalty to Our Heavenly Country: British Christianity and the First World War;” and Miglio will speak on “The Near Eastern Front: Christian Humanitarian Work During the Great War.”

Two afternoon lectures will be held in the Treasure Room of the library.

Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor, will present “Angels and Horsemen: the Great War as an Apocalyptic Struggle” at 2 p.m.

Richard Gamble, associate professor of history at Hillsdale College, will present “Was World War I a War of Religion?” at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Institute for Studies of Religion at (254) 710-7555.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805.


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