Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-09-03

 The Lay Academy of Theology sponsored by Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School will offer  several evening courses and other opportunities this fall for persons interested in various aspects of faith exploration.

Evening courses include “A Theology of Christian Living,” taught by retired Beeson systematic theology professor Dr. Fisher Humphreys on six Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Sept. 20;  “Stories of Great Christians,” taught by Beeson’s Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism Dr. Lyle Dorsett on six Tuesdays, 6  to 8 p.m., beginning Sept. 28; and “Things to Come,” taught by Beeson Old Testament and Hebrew professor Dr. Allen P. Ross on eight Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Sept. 30.

A one-day workshop, “The Basics of Writing to Publish Books and Articles” will be taught by published authors Denise George and Carolyn Tomlin 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. George and Tomlin are co-founders/co-teachers of Boot Camp for Christian Writers, a writing seminar held throughout the U.S.

Beeson’s annual Reformation Heritage Lectures will feature church history specialist Scott M. Manetsch on Oct. 26-28. Dr. Manetsch, chair of the Church History and History of Christian Thought department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill., will lecture at 11 a.m. each day with an additional lecture at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The lectures are free.

In early 2011, Beeson research professor Dr. Gerald Bray will lead a weekday seminar on the topic, “King James at 400: How We Got Our Bible,” 2 to 4 p.m., Jan. 24-28. Dr. Bray will revisit the history, origins and development of the King James Bible, which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year.

Course and seminar registration prices range from $79 to $135. For information, contact Beeson at or call (205) 726-2731. 

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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.