Baylor's Department of Religion to Discuss Baptists and Religious Liberty at 2008 Doctrinal Conference

March 4, 2008

Baylor University's Department of Religion will host the 18th annual Doctrinal Conference discussing, "Baptists and Religious Liberty," with keynote speaker Dr. Doug Weaver, director of undergraduate studies, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 5, in room 107 of George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

For more than two decades, Weaver has studied Baptists and history. He recently published a book titled, "In Search of the New Testament Church: The Baptist Story." Dr. Dennis Horton, associate professor of ministry guidance, said. Weaver's expertise about Baptists and religious liberty, together with his wit and insight, will provide a meaningful experience for conference participants.

"This year's conference is particularly relevant given the fact that we are in a presidential election year. The separation of Church and State is an issue that affects all Christians and Christian leaders in particular," Horton said.

He said the conference will also explore the other facets of religious liberty, a topic that continues to grow more complex as our country becomes more pluralistic in the number of faith traditions represented.

The conference will introduce participants of the 2008 Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) to its study book, "Baptists and Religious Liberty: The Freedom Road," written by Dr. William M. Pinson. Complimentary copies of the book and study guide will be made available to conference participants.

Registration will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Truett lobby area in front of the seminary's chapel. The conference begins at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. At 11:45 a.m., the conference will adjourn for lunch with the Waco Regional Baptist Network's monthly Pastor's Conference in the Piper Great Hall.

The conference is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Horton at (254) 710-3739.

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