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October 10-13, 2005


Lyman Beecher Lectures

Dr. Harry S. Stout, Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History, Yale University, with appointments in History, Religious Studies, American Studies, and Divinity School

Professor Harry Stout currently serves as Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Christianity at Yale University. He is the author of several books, including The New England Soul, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for history; The Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism, which received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for biography as well as the Critic's Award for History in 1991; Dictionary of Christianity in America (of which he was co-editor), which received the Book of the Year Award from Christianity Today in 1990; A Religious History of America (co-author with Nathan Hatch); and Readings in American Religious History (co-edited with Jon Butler). He most recently contributed to and co-edited Religion in the American Civil War and is currently co-editing Religion in American Life, a seventeen-volume study of the impact of religion on American history for adolescent readers and public schools (with Jon Butler ). Professor Stout is general editor of both The Works of Jonathan Edwards and the “Religion in America” series for Oxford University Press, and is currently completing a book entitled Upon the Altar of the Nation. In 2003, Professor Stout was awarded the Robert Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

Preaching Morality in America 's Civil War

Nathaniel Taylor Lectures

Dr. William P. Alston, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Syracuse University.

Perhaps best known for his work in the philosophy of language, epistemology, and the philosophy of religion, Professor William Alston's impact is also felt in such areas as philosophical psychology and the history of philosophy. He is past president of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, the Society of Philosophy and Psychology, and of the Society of Christian Philosophers. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he received the Syracuse University 's Chancellor's Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement. In the fall of 1987, he led a delegation of eight American philosophers in epistemology and philosophy of mind for a week of discussions with Soviet philosophers in Moscow and Leningrad. Founding editor of the journals Faith and Philosophy and The Journal of Philosophical Research, Professor Alston has edited several anthologies, including the Philosophy of Language, and more than one hundred and fifty articles. His most recent books include Perceiving God: A Study in the Epistemology of Religious Experience, The Reliability of Sense Perception, A Realist Conception of Truth, and Illocutionary Acts and Sentence Meaning.

Divine Mystery and Our Knowledge of God

Berkeley Divinity School Pitt Lecture

The Most Rev. Dr. Robin Eames, Primate of Ireland and Chair of the Lambeth Commission

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Robin Eames is the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh. Born in Belfast, he was educated at the city's Belfast Royal Academy and Methodist College before going on to study at Queen's University, graduating LLB as well as obtaining a PhD from there. Created a life peer in 1995, Lord Eames has for many years been very much involved in Northern Irish politics, and has been a prominent advocate for peace and understanding. He is also a significant figure within the general Anglican Communion, and is Chairman of the Lambeth Commission on Communion. In 2003, Lord Eames was appointed Chairman of the Lambeth Commission on Communion, which examined the challenges to unity in the Anglican Communion. On 18 November 2004, a biography of Robin Eames, Nobody's Fool by Alf McCreary, was published.

Institute of Sacred Music Kavanagh Lecture

Professor Janet Walton serves as Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Her research and teaching focus on ritual traditions and practices in religious communities, with particular interest in artistic dimensions, feminist perspectives, and commitments to justice. Professor Walton is a past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, a Henry Luce Fellow in Theology and the Arts (1998), and the 2003 recipient of the AAR Excellence in Teaching award. Her books include Worship and Art: A Vital Connection, Sacred Sound and Social Change (co- edited with Lawrence Hoffman), Women at Worship: Interpretations of North American Diversity (co-edited with Marjorie Procter-Smith), and Feminist Liturgy: A Matter of Justice.

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