The featured speakers for this year's lecture series are George M. Marsden (Left) from the University of Notre Dame and Stan Ingersol (Right) from the Church of the Nazarene's International Headquarters.
PLNU Wiley Lecture Series focuses on American evangelicalism
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
San Diego
Issues of evangelicalism and theology will be discussed in depth as part of the upcoming H. Orton Wiley Lecture Series in Theology at Point Loma Nazarene University. The university has invited special guest lecturers to present on the topic, "American Evangelicalism: Past, Present, and Future."

The featured speakers for this year's lecture series are George M. Marsden from the University of Notre Dame and Stan Ingersol from the Church of the Nazarene's International Headquarters.

Marsden will give three lectures during the event:
  • "The Wisdom of America's Greatest Theologian, Jonathan Edwards, for Evangelicals Then and Now," Thursday, February, 21, 9:30-10:45 A.M. in Crill Auditorium.
  • "How 'Otherworldly' 20th-Century Evangelicalism Became a Political Power," Thursday February 21, 1:30-2:30 P.M. in Crill Auditorium.
  • "Evangelicals and Secular/Religious America," Friday, February 22, 11 A.M.-12:15 P.M. in Crill Auditorium.
Ingersol will present the following lectures:
  • "The Trajectory of Nazarene History," Monday, February 25, 11 A.M.-12:15 P.M. in Crill Auditorium.
  • "Past and Prospect: The Nazarene Future in Light of Its History," Tuesday February 26, 9:30-10:45 A.M. in Crill Auditorium.
The 2008 Wiley Lecture Series undertakes a reflective and constructive examination of American evangelicalism, as illuminated by the dynamics of the movement in general and the realities of a specific case study. American evangelicalism is a complex religious, cultural, and political entity whose influence remains prevalent even as its identity remains somewhat in flux.

These lectures will consider the historical development, contemporary manifestations, and potential future(s) of American evangelicalism. The Church of the Nazarene will also be examined as a case study since it is one of the denominations that has stood within the broader evangelical movement. Organized in 1908, now approaching its centennial, this Church's self-reflection may further illuminate the realities and complexities of American evangelicalism, past, present, and future.

For more information on the series or the lecturers, contact Brad Kelle, associate professor of Old Testament at bkelle@pointloma.edu or by calling (619) 849-2314.

Information can also be found at www.pointloma.edu/SchoolofTheologyChristianMinistries/WileyLectures.
--PLNU