Christian Ethicist, Peacemaker To Give Willson-Addis Lecture Feb. 2

Jan. 20, 2005

by Lori Scott Fogleman

A well-known and highly regarded scholar of peacemaking and Christian ethics will give the ninth annual Willson-Addis Lecture on Feb. 2 at Baylor University.

Dr. Glen Harold Stassen, The Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, will speak on "An Ethic for Churches in Empire" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Paul Powell Chapel at Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Stassen is the author of several books in the field of Christian ethics, including Christian Ethics as Following Jesus, Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War and Capital Punishment: A Reader. He also has published numerous articles on peacemaking, the death penalty and ethical foreign policy, among other topics.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Stassen earned a bachelor's degree in nuclear physics with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1957, his bachelor's degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in 1963 and his doctorate in Christian ethics and political theory from Duke University in 1967. He joined the Fuller faculty in 1997. He has served as president of the Council of the Societies for the Study of Religion and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. He has served as co-chair of the Section of Religion and Social Sciences of the American Academy of Religion and is a board member of Peace Action.

Created in 1964 by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. James McCorry Willson of Floydada, Texas, the Willson-Addis Endowed Lecture examines practical Christianity and draws from any branch of the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Willsons were active Methodist laypersons, involved in many areas of denominational, educational and social service. The lectures were named in honor of the couple's daughter, Ora Eugenia Willson Addis. Since 1997, Truett Seminary, with its curricular emphases on practical Christianity, has sponsored the annual lecture.

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