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2014 Word in the World Lecture Series

Word in the World

CONWAY, Ark. (February 5, 2014) – Hendrix College will host lectures by three renowned theologians this spring for the 2014 Word in the World Lecture Series “On Living Christian Faith.”

In keeping with the College’s historic ties to the United Methodist Church, the series explores three different perspectives on what it means to live a vibrant Christian life. 

Lectures are free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow each lecture.

Prolific author and Duke Divinity School professor Lauren Winner presents “The Bible and the American Prison” on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in Mills A. 

Winner lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. She is best known for her memoir Girl Meets God, which narrates her spiritual journey from Judaism to Christianity. Her work continues to explore how these two religions provide resources for faith and life. 

Old Testament theologian Walter Brueggemann will present “Dialogic Life in a Monologic Culture” on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Mills A.

One of the world’s leading Old Testament theologians, Brueggemann approaches the Bible as a testimony to an alternative way of living in that world – one that stands in opposition to the dominant narrative of technological, therapeutic, consumer militarism and witnesses to the renewing power of the God of Israel. 

Provocative author and theologian Peter Rollins will present “The Divine Magician: Christ and the Vanishing Act of God” on Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Mills A. 

Challenging the idea that faith concerns questions relating to belief, Rollins shows that an incendiary and irreligious reading of Christianity is possible: one that destroys the distinction between sacred and secular, blurs the lines between theism and atheism and sets aside questions regarding life after death to explore the possibility of a life before death. 

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Margaret Berry Hutton Odyssey Professorship; the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling; the Hendrix Chaplain’s Office; and the Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philolsophy. 

For more information on the 2014 Word in the World Lecture Series and “On Living Christian Faith” lectures, contact Hendrix religious studies professor Dr. Robert Williamson at 501-505-1559 or williamsonr@hendrix.eduor visit

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit