Daniel B. McGee Endowed Lecture Series to Discuss Christianity and Politics

Oct. 6, 2017
Luke BrethertonLuke Bretherton, Ph.D., an associate professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School and senior fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will present "People, Populism, and the Church in the Era of Trump" during this year's McGee Endowed Lecture Series.

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 6, 2017) — The McGee Endowed Lecture Series at Baylor University is a three-part lecture series designed to initiate conversation about the relationship between Christianity and democracy and how Christians are to think about participating in political life. This year, it will be held in conjunction with Seventh and James Baptist Church’s Leuschner Lecture Series and the Honors Residential College’s Formation Series Lecture. Series Lecture. All three parts of the lecture series will feature Luke Bretherton, Ph.D., Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School and senior fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

The series will begin with a lecture entitled “Christianity and Democracy” at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Seventh and James Baptist Church, located at 602 James Ave.

It will continue with the Daniel B. McGee Endowed Lecture at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9 in Miller Chapel of Tidwell Bible Building, where Bretherton will speak on "People, Populism, and the Church in the Era of Trump."

“Much has been made about President Trump’s populist election and political base,” said Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of religion in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “Dr. Bretherton will examine populism as a uniquely democratic form of political participation and assess how we are to think about the current populist (on the left and right) political climate under President Trump.”

A food truck dinner, open to the Baylor and Waco community, will follow the event from 5:30-6:45 p.m.

The series will conclude with a panel discussion at 7 p.m. at Seventh and James Baptist Church with guest panelists including Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver discussing democracy, religion and public life with Professor Bretherton.

In 1966, Dr. Daniel McGee joined the Baylor faculty, where he pioneered the ethics program, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. During his 40-year teaching career, he also advised the doctoral and master’s theses of many students who themselves now serve around the world in academic, public and religious life. In 2002, Ambassador and Mrs. Lyndon Olson Jr. established The Daniel B. McGee Lectureship in Religious Studies at Baylor to honor McGee’s work and provide a space for people to think through ethical issues.

by Joy Moton , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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