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Theologian to Explore Interpretation of Religion and Disabilities

Thu Mar 14 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — The Lenoir-Rhyne University Institute for Faith and Learning will welcome Dr. Amos Yong to Hickory on Monday, April 1st at 7:00pm. This event will be held on campus in the Belk Centrum. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Yong will be discussing “Religion and Disability” and will explore the contemporary interface of religion and disability within an interdisciplinary framework.

Dr. Yong is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA as well as director of the divinity school’s Ph.D. program. His many books explore Pentecostal theology, global renewal, and disability, among other topics.  He has been featured in Christianity Today and The Christian Century.

“The Judeo-Christian tradition have sent some mixed messages about disability. The interpretation of the scriptures, for example, have been interpreted in ways that lead to negative views about disability, “ explained Dr. Yong. He continued, “Yet fresh light on these ancient sources are being provided by disability perspectives.”

His Ph.D. from Boston University is in religion and theology. Dr. Yong is a former president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and current co-editor of its journal, PNEUMA. He was the founding co-chair for the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements Group for the American Academy of Religion, and is co-editor of two monograph series: Pentecostal Manifestos (Eerdmans) and Studies in Religion, Theology and Disability (Baylor). A licensed minister in the Assemblies of God, Yong was born in Malaysia and immigrated to the United States. In the last decade, he has become one of the most prolific writers among Pentecostal theologians in the academy.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich “A culture of the intellect” that is theologically based. The Institute’s programs are directed at Christians of all traditions. For more information on the Institute for Faith and Learning Series, contact Dr. David Ratke at 828-328-7183 or Dr. Jonathan Schwiebert at 828-328-7184.

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