Posted - February 14, 2011
EC Lecture to Explore God’s Mysterious Mode of Existence
march 22 - 4:00 pm - cerf center
Eureka College assistant professor of religion William Wright will present
"A Thought Experiment on God and Being” at 4 p.m. March 22 in the Cerf Center at Eureka College as part of the Clarence R. Noe Dean’s Lecture Series. A reception will follow. The lecture will be held in the afternoon instead of the usual evening time for dean’s lectures.
The free, public presentation will draw from Christian theology and recent philosophers to attempt an experiment in re-describing God's existence as a dimension of ordinary existence – as "being," Wright said.
“How much do Christians and people of other faiths have to presume, in conversations with others, the existence of something beyond the knowable world? Or can we – at least provisionally – understand God as a reality accessible to common, public understanding? Those are the questions that my presentation will explore,” Wright said. “If the best we can do is to presume that God is a reality beyond the knowable world, then Christians will have a difficult time entering into the forum of public discussion, which is precisely what the academic world is,” he said
“The Noe Dean’s Lecture Series seemed to me the ideal setting for this issue, since it is an academic forum that is open to the public and hosted by a college with a vibrant connection to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination long supportive of scholarly outreach and dialogue,” Wright said.
Wright joined the Eureka College faculty in 2007. He received a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, a master’s degree from Yale Divinity School and a doctorate in theology from the University of Chicago. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wright works on philosophical and systematic theology, with a particular interest in John Calvin. He recently completed an article on Calvin that will appear in the Journal of Religion, and he is working on a book tentatively titled “Salvation in Writing: A Theography of Calvin’s Soteriology.”
The presentation is the third of four Noe Dean’s Lectures by Eureka College faculty members this academic year. The final lecture will be "What's the Deal? Childhood Obesity Rises as Youth Sport Participation Reaches All-Time High” by associate professor of physical education Karen Sweitzer at 7:30 p.m. April 7 in the Cerf Center.
For more information, call the dean’s office at (309) 467-6301.
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