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Fall 2017
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Bible Speaker Series Lectures (7:30-9:00 pm)
Location: Moraga Room, Soda Center

Monday, Sept. 18

Our own Dr. Zach Flanagin on "The Bible and the Protestant Reformation"

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, launched when the German Augustinian monk and theologian Martin Luther posted his "95 Theses" on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The Reformation was an effort to return to the scriptural inspiration of the Church and to purify the Church of elements that had crept into practice which were both scandalous and sinful. Luther was followed by reformers in others parts of Europe, among whom were Calvin, Zwingli, Cranmer, Menno Simons, and others. Professor Flanagin will discuss the central importance of the Bible in this historic movement. 

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Tuesday, October 3

Dr. Shawn Copeland (Boston College) on "Three Biblical Narratives for the Present American Moment: Amos 5, Mark 14, Matthew 25"

From the sharp social analysis of the prophet Amos, to the misogyny and breach of hospitality in the Gospel of Mark, to the last judgment in the Gospel of Matthew, the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures challenge the "present American moment"--the collapse in our country of basic human regard and respect. In this lecture, Dr. Shawn Copeland, visiting from Boston College, will explore these texts and tease out possible lessons for us today.

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Wednesday, Nov. 15

Panel discussion by TRS faculty - "The Bible: Why Bother?"

The Bible & Its Interpretation (TRS 097 and 189) is a required course for all SMC students. Why is that? Is studying the Bible worth all of the time and effort it takes? Given that the Bible is such an ancient book--and so many at the College are not personally affiliated with Christianity--why do we even bother with the Bible? On November 15, four TRS professors who regularly teach the Bible course--Brother Mark McVann, Anne Carpenter, Joe Drexler-Dreis, and Michael Barram--will particpate in a panel discussion focused on such questions. TRS professor Jessica Coblentz will moderate the conversation, which will include ample time for questions from the audience and discussion with the panel. Please join us! NOTE: The location has been changed to Claeys in Soda Center (rather than the Moraga Room)

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All lectures in this series take place in the Moraga Room in Soda Center. Questions about the Bible Speaker Series?
Please contact Father David Gentry-Akin (dgentry@stmarys-ca.edu), Program Coordinator. 

Campus Organizations

Saint Mary's College sponsors programs and events related to religious interests through a variety of academic departments and campus organizations, including the Mission & Ministry Center and the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA).

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