McMurry University to host Sikes-Melugin Lectureship

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:50 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Dr. Philip Jenkins, the Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University and co-director for Baylor's program on Historical Studies of Religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion, will deliver the 2017 Sikes-Melugin Lectures in Religion at McMurry University on March 6-7 in the Old Main Watt Matthews Auditorium. 

The first lecture will be “What Will Christianity Look Like in 2050?” at 4 p.m. Monday, March 6.  The second lecture will be “How Global Christianity Will Transform American Churches” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. The public is invited to attend the two free lectures.

Jenkins is one of the world’s leading religion scholars. An historian by training, Jenkins’ work has been lauded in many different disciplines including sociology, criminology, and religious studies.

His major current interests include the study of global Christianity; of new and emerging religious movements; and of twentieth century US history, chiefly post-1970. He has published twenty-four books, which have been translated into ten languages. Some recent titles include Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History (2000), The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity (2002), The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South (2006), The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa and Asia - and How It Died (2008), Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, And Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe For The Next 1,500 Years (2010), Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses (2011) and The Great and Holy War: How World War I became a Religious Crusade.

Jenkins holds a Ph.D. in History from Cambridge University, where he spent an additional three years working with Sir Leon Radzinowicz, the pioneer of criminology at Cambridge. In fact, Jenkins has an enduring interest in issues of crime and deviance, and the construction of social problems.  He is considered an international expert on the subject of terrorism. 

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