Published on October 23, 2012 by William Nunnelley  

Theology professor Karen Petersen Finch of Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., will deliver the annual Reformation Heritage Lectures at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School.

Dr. Finch will speak Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. in Hodges Chapel on the theme "John Calvin, 'Postmodernism' and Power."  Her topics are "Christ and Him Crucified" (I Cor 1:1-9, 2:1-5)" on Tuesday, "A Theology of Humility" on Wednesday and "A Theology of Empowerment" on Thursday.  The lectures are open to the public free.

The series sponsored by the divinity school takes a look each year at the 16th century movement that called the church back to its biblical and evangelical roots.

Finch is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  She holds a bachelor of arts in English literature from Pomona College, master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from Gonzaga University.  As an undergraduate, she studied the works of C. S. Lewis at Oxford University.

Finch teaches Reformed theology (Calvin), Roman Catholic theology (Lonergan), ecumenical dialogue and other theological subjects.

A luncheon will follow the Wednesday lecture for which tickets ($7.50) must be bought in advance.  Call Lorrie Beth Milton at 205 726-2731 to make luncheon reservations.  


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.