Duke Divinity Professor To Deliver Willson-Addis Lecture

Feb. 7, 2003

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Dr. Richard B. Hays, The George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at The Divinity School at Duke University, will deliver the seventh annual Willson-Addis Lecture Feb. 19 at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics, Hays will speak on "Ethics in Light of the Resurrection" at 9:30 a.m. in the Paul W. Powell Chapel. The Willson-Addis Lecture is free and open to the public.

Hays is the author of six books, including The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation, which was selected by Christianity Today as one of the most important religious books of the 20th century. Hays' scholarly work also has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies by exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel's scripture. An ordained United Methodist minister, Hays has preached in settings ranging from rural Oklahoma to London's Westminster Abbey.

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.

Before 1997, the lecture was presented through Baptist Student Ministries and administered through the Baylor student life division. In 1997, Truett Seminary, with its curricular emphases on practical Christianity, became the permanent custodian and sponsor of the annual lecture.

For more information, call (254) 710-3755 or (800) BAYLOR-U, option 5, or visit www.baylor.edu/truett.

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