Bethany College Announces Oreon E. Scott Lecturers

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College has announced the 54th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures, to be held April 20-21 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s event will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Thomas Campbell’s “Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington (Pa).”

Lecturers will include Dr. Paul M. Blowers, Professor of Church History at the Emmanuel School of Religion; Dr. Douglas Foster, Director of the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene Christian University; and Dr. Mark G. Toulouse, Professor of the History of Christianity and Principal at the Emmanuel College of Victoria University.

Blowers joined the Emmanuel School of Religion faculty in 1989 and serves as the Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History. He also teaches courses and conducts research in the Stone-Campbell heritage. Blowers is the author of “Exegesis and Spiritual Pedagogy in Maximus the Confessor,” as well as numerous articles published in Vigiliae Christianae, Studia Patristica, Pro Ecclesia, Church History, Journals of Early Christian Studies and The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity.

Foster authored “Will the Cycle Be Unbroken? Churches of Christ Face the Twenty-First Century,” which analyzes the current and future shape of Churches of Christ. Foster is also a series editor for the “Heart of the Restoration” books and has co-authored two of them, “Crux of the Matter: Crisis, Tradition and the Future of Churches of Christ,” and “Seeking a Lasting City: The Church’s Journey in the Story of God.” In addition, he is writing a biography of Alexander Campbell.

Toulouse holds a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago and is the author of numerous articles and books, including “God in Public: Four Ways American Christianity and Public Life Relate.” He is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where he regularly conducts workshops for ministers and lay people on topics in American Christianity, Disciples history and theology and theological education. Toulouse was also named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 1997-1998.

The Oreon E. Scott Lectures are funded through the Oreon E. Scott Foundation, which was established to strengthen the Christian Church and support Disciples-related colleges and institutions. Since its founding in 1840 by Alexander Campbell, Bethany has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Now in its 54th year, the first Scott Lectures were held on March 1, 1956 with Professor Arthur M. Schlesinger, Harvard University historian, as the lecturer.

To register or for more information on this year's Oreon E. Scott Lectures, please contact the Office of Church Relations at 304-829-7723 or by e-mail at jpyle@bethanywv.edu. Early registration is highly encouraged, as space is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.