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Framers and Painters: Christian Theology among Academic Disciplines

Thu Apr 10 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Institute for Faith and Learning will welcome Dr. Telford Work to campus on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Belk Centrum. This event is free and open to the public.

Christian institutions of learning face an unusual question: Among the academic disciplines, should theology mind its own business and leave other disciplines alone, interfere with their work as the guardian of orthodoxy, or monopolize learning because of its expansive domain of inquiry? This presentation argues instead that other academic disciplines are uniquely equipped to be ‘painters’ of their own domains, whereas Christian theology’s topic of the Kingdom of God gives it a unique role as a ‘framer’. Our disciplines complement, inform, and are accountable to one another in an indispensable partnership.

Dr. Work is a professor of theology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Author of three books and dozens of scholarly and popular articles, he received the Christianity Today Book Award for his 2007 book, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: Living Through the Lord’s Prayer. A self-professed Pentecostal, Dr. Work’s interests range from evangelicals to icons, ecumenical dialogue, and especially Scripture. One of his current works in progress is on The Bible for Evangelical Renewal.

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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