Harp Lecturship hosts Dr. Ronald J. Sider

Fri, 2007-03-23 15:40 -- univcomm
March 23, 2007

Anderson University will welcome Dr. Ronald J. Sider to the campus April 16-17, 2007 to lecture on the topic of “Living Biblically in a Contemporary Culture.” Lectures will begin at 9 a.m. and will be conducted in Park Place Church of God.

Dr. Sider is one of the most respected and passionate advocates of holistic biblical faith in the Christian world. He grew up in rural southern Ontario, the child of a Canadian Brethren in Christ pastor. He attended the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, and received a BA in European history. It was there that Sider came in contact with the apologetic work of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and set his sights on a career in academia.

The schedule for the Harp Lectureship is as follows:

Monday, April 16, 2007
9 a.m. to 9:50 am: Correcting the Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.
10 a.m. to 10:50 am: Holistic Ministry: Combining Evangelism and Social Action.
11 am to 12 noon: Talk Back Session

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
9 a.m. to 9:50 am: Thinking Biblically about Politics.
10 a.m. to 10:50 am: Toward a Christian Understanding of Justice and Government.
11 a.m. to 12 noon: Talk Back Session.

Following graduation in the late '60s with an M.Div and Ph.D. in history from Yale, Sider expected to teach early modern European history on university campuses, and continue his apologetic work for IVCF. Faced with the glaring needs of the inner city, he began to work toward developing a biblical response to social injustice. He brought together a network of similarly concerned evangelicals, which in 1973 became the Thanksgiving Workshop on Evangelical Social Concern (ESA). It was this conference that issued the "Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern."

In 1977, Sider’s book, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, was published. Hailed by Christianity Today as one of the one hundred most influential books in religion in the twentieth century, the book has sold over 350,000 copies. 1978 also saw the formation of ESA, a movement that continues to shape and influence North American Christian thinking on issues of biblical justice and spirituality.

Sider has published over 22 books and has written over 100 articles in both religious and secular magazines on a variety of topics including the importance of caring for creation as part of our biblical discipleship. He is a founding board member of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment.

For more information on the 2006 Newell Lectureship contact Dee Stephens at (765) 641-4533 or at dstephens@anderson.edu.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.