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LETU to Present Three World-Renowned Theologians at Spring Symposium Series


The public is invited to hear three world-renown theologians at LeTourneau University's Spring 2012 Theological Symposium Series featuring Dr. David Naugle on Friday, Feb. 17; Dr. Bruce Longenecker on Monday, March 26; and Dr. Darrell Bock on Monday, April 9. The series is hosted by LETU's Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries.

Each speaker will give a 30-minute chapel presentation at 10:50 a.m. in the S.E. Belcher Chapel and Performance Center, before presenting an academic paper at 1 p.m. in the Little Theatre on the third floor of the R.G. LeTourneau Memorial Student Center at the university's main campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. Each academic presentation will take about 30 to 40 minutes to present, and will include a faculty responder from LETU who will critically interact with the academic presentation, raising critical issues before a 10-minute question and answer session.

The public is invited. Admission to all speaking events is free. Those interested in staying on campus for lunch may dine at the university's Corner Café for $8 per person.

Friday, Feb. 17
Dr. David Naugle will speak on "Happy is a Yuppy Word" during chapel services at 10:50 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17. Naugle will then present an academic paper titled "The Vocation of Christian Scholars" at 1 p.m. in the Little Theatre in the Memorial Student Center building.

Naugle is chair and professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University where he has worked for 20 years in both administrative and academic capacities. He earned a Th.D. in systematic theology, and a Ph.D. in humanities with concentration in philosophy and English literature. He directs the Paideia College Society, an academic organization that seeks to deepen the undergraduate student's educational experience through a vision of Christian humanism and classical liberal education. Naugle's book, Worldview: The History of a Concept, was selected by Christianity Today magazine as the 2003 book of the year in the theology and ethics category. Naugle serves as a fellow for the Wilberforce Forum, the Christian worldview think tank sponsored by Prison Fellowship near Washington, D.C. Responder will be LETU's Dr. Andy Woodring.

Monday, March 26
Dr. Bruce Longenecker will speak in chapel at 10:50 a.m. Monday, March 26, before presenting his academic paper "Poverty and Paul's Gospel" at a 1 p.m. symposium in the Little Theatre.

Longenecker has served as a faculty member at Baylor University since 2009, and previously taught at St. Andrews University in Scotland and at Cambridge University and Durham University in England. His many publications include one co-edited with LETU's Dr. Kelly Liebengood titled "Engaging Economics: New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Reception." Liebengood will serve as responder.

Monday, April 9
New York Times best-selling author Dr. Darrell Bock will speak in chapel on "Why I Believe in Hell" at 10:50 a.m. chapel service Monday, April 9, before presenting his academic paper titled, "Historical Jesus Study and Evangelicals: Is It Possible?" at a 1 p.m. symposium in the Little Theatre.

Bock is research professor of New Testament Studies and a professor for spiritual development and culture at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas. He is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and is past president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has written more than 20 books. Responder will be LETU's Dr. Viktor Roudkovski.

"We invite the public to join our LETU community for scholarly and spiritual reflection with these renowned presenters, who represent the finest in theological scholarship and are known in their own ways as premier scholars with Christian integrity," said Dr. Patrick Mays, chair of LETU's Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries.

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