On November 16, 2019, Southwestern Adventist University will host the Hal Wright Science and Religion Lecture Series with Dr. David Bebbington, a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Baylor University. The lecture will be hosted at 4:00 pm in Wharton Auditorium at the Mabee Center.
Bebbington’s topic is “Evangelicals: Who they have been, who they are and who they could be” and will answer questions regarding what the term “evangelical” actually means. He will discuss how we should understand this many-sided world religious phenomenon and how recent American politics have modified that understanding.
David Bebbington, whose “Bebbington Quadrilateral” remains the standard characterization of evangelicals used worldwide, will examine how evangelicalism has been evaluated, going on to discuss the movement’s perils and promise today.
About Dr. David Bebbington:
An undergraduate at Jesus College, Cambridge (1968-71), David Bebbington began his doctoral studies there (1971-73) before becoming a research fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (1973-76). Since 1976, he has taught at the University of Stirling, where from 1999 to 2019 he was Professor of History. He has also taught at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, at Regent College, Vancouver, at Notre Dame University, Indiana, at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and at Baylor University, Texas. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His publications include Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s (1989) and Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century (co-ed., 2013).
The Hal Wright Lecture Series:
At Southwestern Adventist University, the integration of knowledge and faith is a vital part of the University’s mission. Southwestern Adventist University’s tagline of “Knowledge, Faith, Service” embodies the very essence of its existence. This intentional combination allows the University community to appreciate God’s wonderful design within the various academic disciplines and provides a Biblical worldview which helps define our origins, our purpose, and our future.
With the integration of knowledge and faith being firmly rooted on the campus, Southwestern Adventist University began a new lecture series last year, entitled, the “Hal Wright Science and Religion Lecture Series.” It is named after one of Southwestern Adventist University’s former faculty members and academic dean. As he reminisced, former president Don McAdams recalled, “Hal Wright was one of the most outstanding faculty members I had at Southwestern Adventist University. He was a nuclear physicist at the White Sands Missile Range when I met him. He was a strict but loving dean and a brilliant teacher.”
In November 2018 the inaugural lecture of the new series began by honoring Dr. Hal Wright. His son, Trevor, who currently serves as the chief operating officer of Loma Linda University Health Hospitals, shared stories about his dad and about growing up in Keene, Texas. He and his family were thrilled that we were honoring his dad in this special way.
The University looks forward to welcoming guests to Bebbington’s lecture on November 16. While tickets are not required, space is limited so arrive early.
Southwestern Adventist University:
For over 125 years, Southwestern Adventist University has offered Christian education. A small comprehensive university, the beautiful campus is located in Keene, Texas, about 20 minutes south of Fort Worth. Southwestern Adventist University offers personable professors, numerous programs including business, music, education, nursing, master’s programs, and many ways for students to get involved both on campus and abroad. With a diverse student body that includes international students from dozens of countries and an average student/teacher ratio of 12:1, Southwestern Adventist University offers a uniquely diverse and personal college experience.