Summer Learning TracksEvening Public Lectures

Our extensive series of evening public lectures will introduce you to first-rate reflection on a surprising range of challenging issues. This is a unique opportunity to hear from both our regular faculty members and our visiting lecturers from around the world. We know that not everyone who's hungry for knowledge can take a full course, which is why we offer these lectures in the evenings! All of the lectures will be recorded and made available as audio downloads through RegentAudio.com

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Next Public Lecture
May
1
Thursday, 9:00AM

Christian Humanism and the Challenges of Moral Formation in "A World Come of Age"

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With Iwan Russell-Jones

With Marilynne Robinson

With Wendy Fletcher

With Brad Gregory

With David Goa

With Barry Harvey

With Charles T. Mathewes

With Jens Zimmermann

With Ralf Wüstenberg

Regent College, the Vancouver School of Theology, and the Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture (TWU) are pleased to announce the 17th Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society Lectures on Public Ethics: Christian Humanism and the Challenges of Moral Formation in “a world come of age”. Download the Program Schedule.

The current cultural landscape of Western societies has been classified by Charles Taylor as “a secular age,” to indicate that all moral reasoning takes place within an immanent natural order without assured reference to the transcendent. This “immanent frame” is not necessarily closed to transcendence, as scientism would have it, but religious or transcendent grounds will have to be argued for from within a common secularity. What, however, grounds and guarantees this secularity? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, long before the Second Vatican Council came to the same conclusion, argued for a theological grounding of secularity. Christianity has to exist in “a world come of age,” and a robust this-worldliness requires a Christological foundation.

Based on this theological premise, Bonhoeffer’s Christian humanism argued for a common human rationality and espoused the relative autonomy of human spheres of activity (marriage, government, culture, the church, etc.), which nonetheless find their ultimate unity in Christ. Only from such a theologically conceived secularity can Christians credibly respond to the pressing questions of modern culture: How accurate are current philosophical descriptions of Western culture as “a secular age” or as “post-secularity”? What do moral formation and responsible Christian ethics look like in such a secular age? What role do the Christian sacraments and scriptural exegesis play in the pursuit of virtue? How does the Christian church in its multiple manifestations understand its identity within the world? How ought one to define nature or the natural? How do reason and faith, public and religious life, work together for a common good?

This conference addresses these questions from a ‘catholic’ angle by inviting Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox speakers to address moral formation in a secular age.

For information on the concurrent graduate conference, “The Secular and the Sacred: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Works of Marilynne Robinson and Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” contact: Natalie.Boldt@mytwu.ca. Download the Call for Papers.

Upcoming Public Lectures
May
3
Saturday, 7:00PM

Bonhoeffer Lectures: An Evening with Marilynne Robinson

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With Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson gives a talk followed by an interview with Iwan Russell-Jones

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May
14
Wednesday, 7:30PM

The Violent Legacy of Monotheism?: Truths, Half-Truths, and Downright Lies about Religion and Culture

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With Iain Provan

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May
21
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Holiness Today

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With J.I. Packer

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May
26
Monday, 7:30PM

What's Mysterious about Worship?

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With Jeremy Begbie

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May
28
Wednesday, 7:30PM

"Lookit the Train!": A Two-Person Drama Solving Some of Life's Theological Challenges

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With Jeff Barker

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Jun
2
Monday, 7:30PM

I've Been Meaning to Tell You This: Confessions of an Ex-Pastor

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With Mark Buchanan

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Jun
4
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Paradise Lost and the Purpose of the Universe

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With Dennis Danielson

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Jun
9
Monday, 7:30PM

The Ecology of Grace: Can We Be Pentecostal, Evangelical, and Sacramental?

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With Gordon T. Smith

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Jun
11
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Visual Heresy: Imaging God the Father in the History of Art

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With Matthew Milliner

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Jun
12
Thursday, 7:30PM

Surveillance after Snowden

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With David Lyon

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Jun
30
Monday, 7:30PM

“Certainly? Not! Radical Doubt, Radical Faith, and Why We Can Believe Anything at All"

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With John Stackhouse

How should a Christian think? Find out in this evening public lecture by John Stackhouse

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Jul
2
Wednesday, 7:30PM

What Can the West Learn from the Two-Thirds World Theologically?

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With Ruth Padilla DeBorst

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Jul
4
Friday, 7:30PM

An Evening of Poetry with Luci Shaw

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With Luci Shaw

Join us for an evening of poetry with Luci Shaw, as she shares poems from her new books Scape and Adventure of Ascent.

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Jul
7
Monday, 7:30PM

The Myth of the Secular Worldview

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With Dominic Erdozain

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Jul
9
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Hymns and the Christian Spirit: A Short History of Song and Devotion

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With Bruce Hindmarsh

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Jul
14
Monday, 7:30PM

Responding to the New Atheism

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With John Lennox

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Jul
16
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Together in Prayer: The Art and Gift of Group Spiritual Direction

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With Susan Phillips

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Jul
21
Monday, 7:30PM

Bye-Bye Bible? Progress Report on the Death of Scripture

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With Robert Yarbrough

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Jul
23
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Why God Loves Ancient Chinese Pottery

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With Richard Mouw

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Jul
28
Monday, 7:30PM

Film Screening of "Golden Sea" and Q&A

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With Makoto Fujimura

Join us for a viewing of Makoto Fujimura's documentary followed by a Q&A with the artist himself.

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Jul
30
Wednesday, 7:30PM

"Can a Christian Be a (Good) Lawyer?"

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With Robert F. Cochran

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Past Public Lectures
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Surprised by Grace: The Overlooked Foundation of the Letter of James

With Mariam Kamell

Audio recording now available.

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London Burning and the Post-riot Debates

With Jim Belcher

Audio recording now available.

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Human Origins in Light of Genesis 2

With John Walton

Audio recording now available.

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Reconsidering Christian Humanism and the Early Reformation

With Darren Provost

Audio recording now available.

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Great Sporting Liturgies: Fields of Praise?

With Iwan Russell-Jones

Audio recording now available.

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Technology and the Shaping of the iMagination

With Craig Gay

Audio recording now available.

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Poetry, Protest, and Prayer

With Marilyn McEntyre

Audio recording now available.

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Evangelicals and Jews Together: The Origins of Christian Zionism

With Don Lewis

Audio recording now available.

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The Economics of Enough

With Dave Diewert

Audio recording now available.

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Divining the Spirit in Contemporary Art

With Rachel Hostetter Smith

Audio recording now available.

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Slumdogs & Millionaires: The Gospel & Social Engagement in India Today

With Ivan Satyavrata

Audio recording now available.

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The Role of the Psalms in Transforming Seniors into Elders

With James Houston

Audio recording now available.

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Shhhh! The Art of Listening in an Inattentive Culture

With Susan Phillips

Audio recording now available.

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G. K. Chesterton: Rum, Romanism, and the Sacramental Imagination

With Ralph Wood

Audio recording now available.

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Depression, Anger, and Gender

With Rod Wilson

Audio recording now available.

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Because You're Worth It: Grace and Human Value

With John Barclay

Audio recording now available.

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Laing Lectures I - The Assaults

With Rex Murphy
With John Stackhouse
With Preston Manning

From Doctrine to Doctrines: The Hollowing Out of the Christian Consensus

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Laing Lectures II - The Long Retreat

With Rex Murphy
With John Stackhouse
With Preston Manning

The 2012 Laing Lectures - From Doctrine to Doctrines: The Hollowing Out of the Christian Consensus

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Laing Lectures III - The Present Imperium

With Rex Murphy
With John Stackhouse
With Preston Manning

The 2012 Laing Lectures - From Doctrine to Doctrines: The Hollowing Out of the Christian Consensus

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Hope for Re-evangelizing the West: Missional Church as Foundation, Not Fad

With Ross Hastings

Join us for this free lecture and book signing with Ross Hastings to celebrate the release of his latest book, "Missional God, Missional Church."

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Origins Today: Genesis Through Ancient Eyes

With John Walton

A public lecture with author and Wheaton College professor of Old Testament John Walton

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Pope Benedict XVI and His Legacy

With Hans Boersma
With John Conway

With Dr. John Conway and Hans Boersma

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Body, Sex, and Gender in Gregory of Nyssa

With Hans Boersma

Join us for a free lecture and book launch of Hans Boersma's latest publication.

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The Tea Party, the Taliban, and the Temptation of Power: Which Kind of Society is "Biblical"?

With Iain Provan

Iain Provan asks which kind of society is biblical. Join us for this free lecture on Wed May 15 at 7:30 pm.

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All Things New: God's Program of New Creation

With Doug Moo

Join us for this free lecture by Doug Moo about why concern for the environment is part of our call as Christians.

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Spirituality of Cultivation: A Response to Disorders of Attention & Attachment

With Susan Phillips

Join us for this free evening lecture on significant challenges to faith and love in contemporary culture.

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The Life and Impact of C.S. Lewis

With Alister McGrath

Join us for this free evening public lecture to learn about the legacy of a twentieth-century Christian intellectual giant.

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The Missing Piece: Can You Be an Effective Leader Without Being Entrepreneurial?

With Paul Stevens
With Rick Goossen

Join us for this free evening lecture to explore the widespread significance of entrepreneurship.

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Generation to Generation: Passing on the Faith to the Children of the Church

With Gordon T. Smith

Join us for this free evening lecture to grapple with the responsibility of the whole church to nurture our children in the faith.

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G.K. Chesterton and Christopher Hitchens: Old Convert vs. New Atheist

With Ralph Wood

Join us for this free evening lecture to hear the champion of orthodoxy and the "antitheist" face off.

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Women in the Ancient World

With Lynn Cohick

Join us for this free evening lecture to unveil the mysterious and hidden life of first century women.

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Theology: Only Words about Words?

With Paul Helm

Join us for this free evening lecture and dive deeper into the nature of theology.

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The Word Made Flesh: Christ and the Imagination

With Malcolm Guite

Join us for this free evening lecture with visiting poet-priest, Malcolm Guite.

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La Sagrada Familia, El Mundo Sagrado: The Wild Christian Architecture of Antoni Gaudi

With John Stackhouse

Join us for this free evening lecture and be immersed in the creative genius of a bold Spanish artist.

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Tell Me a Story: Modern Narratives and the Search for God

With Roger Lundin

Join us for this free evening lecture.

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Creedal Hermeneutics: How the Creeds Can Help Us Read the Bible

With Christopher Hall

Join us for this free evening lecture exploring the relevance of ancient Christian faith-statements for our modern reading.

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Bonhoeffer, Practices, and Pedagogy

With David Smith

Join us for this free evening lecture!

The Future of World Christianity

Join us for this free evening lecture!

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American Prophet: The Legacy and Challenge of Martin Luther King, Jr.

With Iwan Russell-Jones

Join us for this free evening lecture taking a second look at this champion of freedom.

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Tears of Hope and Change: The Need for Lament in a Multicultural World

With Soong-Chan Rah

Join us for this free evening lecture!

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Helping A Hurting Friend

With Rod Wilson

Helping A Hurting Friend

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The Question of Leadership

With Walter C. Wright, Jr.

Walter C. Wright, Jr. speaks at Regent on the question of leadership.

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Whassup?! Reading Culture: The War of Myths and the Mission of the Church

With Iain Provan

An evening public lecture with Prof Iain Provan to celebrate the release of his new book, "Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World that Never Was."

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Jesus and Paul: Were they on the Same Page?

With Gerry Schoberg

Gerry Schoberg gives a public lecture based on his new book.

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Laing Lectures 2013-2014

With Ellen Charry

Discover what our emotions have to do with theology at this year's Laing Lectures featuring Dr. Ellen T. Charry

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"Seriously Dangerous Religion? The Importance of the Old Testament for Human Rights”

With Iain Provan

How dangerous is the Old Testament? Professor Iain Provan speaks on his forthcoming book

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"The Sanctification Gap: Is The Church Committed to Spiritual Maturity?"

With Gordon T. Smith

What is the goal of Christian life after conversion? Explore with Gordon T. Smith as he discusses his new book

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Lessons in Leadership from Lincoln

With Preston Manning

Spend an evening with Preston Manning discussing leadership lessons from the film Lincoln