Baylor Honors Residential College, Institution for Faith and Learning and Department of Religion Host Panel Discussion about the Possibility of Christian Higher Education

March 16, 2016
Stanley HauerwasStanley Hauerwas, photo courtesy of Duke Magazine.

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WACO, Texas (March 16, 2016) – The Baylor Honors Residential College will present a panel lecture, “Discussions with the Dean: The Possibility of Christian Higher Education,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the Alexander Reading Room.

“The panel gathers national experts on Christian higher education, dean-level leaders who have pioneered what Christian education is, its promise and demands and how it differs from the kind of moral formation found in secular universities,” said Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., faculty master of the Honors Residential College and associate professor of religion at Baylor.

The panelists are as follows:

• L. Gregory Jones, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry at Duke University

• Michael K. McLendon, dean of Baylor School of Education and professor of higher education policy and leadership

• Thomas S. Hibbs, dean of Baylor Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture

• Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke University

“At the center of this lively conversation will be the inestimable Stanley Hauerwas, one of the most influential Christian theologians of our time, whose provocative and incisive claims about the church have launched a thousand ships seeking to make Christian institutions actually Christian,” Tran said.

Hauerwas’ work covers systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, philosophy of social science and medical ethics. In 2001, he was named “America’s Best Theologian” by TIME magazine. His book, “A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic,” was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion in the 20th century. He has written numerous books, including “The Work of Theology,” “Hannah’s Child: A Theological Memoir, 2nd Edition,” “War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity” and “The State of the University.”

“Attendees should expect to be inspired, instructed and not a little provoked,” Tran said. “This is the kind of event that only a place like Baylor could pull off.”

This event is free and open to the public. Alexander Reading Room is located in Alexander Hall, 1413 S. Seventh St.

For more information, contact Jonathan Tran.

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 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 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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