Posted by William Nunnelley on 2009-02-09

Irish author-philosopher Peter Rollins, an expert on the Emergent Church, will speak at Samford University Thursday, Feb. 19, in Reid Chapel at 10 a.m. The program is open to the public free.

A research associate at Trinity College in Dublin, Rollins teaches philosophy and emerging church theology. He is author of the books How (Not) to Speak to God, The Fidelity of Betrayal and The Orthodox Heretic (forthcoming).

Rollins is a graduate of Queen's University in Belfast, where he earned the bachelor's degree with honors, master's and Ph.D. degrees.

Rollins also will meet with student groups for discussion at 1:30 p.m. in Harry's Place, Beeson University Center at Samford.

His Samford visit is sponsored by Samford's philosophy department and Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence, and the Birmingham Emergent Cohort.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.