Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-02-28

Historian, author and modern Christianity specialist Philip Jenkins will speak at Samford University several times on March 11 and 12 during a visit sponsored by Samford's Beeson Divinity School.

On March 11, he will speak on "Reading the Bible in the Global South" at 11 a.m. and on "The Future of Christianity" at 1:30 p.m. Both lectures will be in Hodges Chapel.

Jenkins will lecture in two Beeson classes on March 12. His topics are "Is Christianity Dead in Europe" at 11 a.m. in Divinity N-101, and "The Lost History of Global Christianity at 12 noon in Divinity S-101.

He is distinguished professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University. His trilogy on understanding modern Christianity includes the award-winning The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South, and God's Continent: Christianity, Islam and Europe's Religious Crisis. 

The public is invited to the lectures free of charge. For information, contact Beeson's Global Center at (205) 726-2170.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.