Christus Lecture to Explore “One of the Most Intriguing Questions

Thu, 10/25/2007 (All day)

Mobile, Ala. – Spring Hill College’s Christus Lecture Series will continue from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the college campus. Dr. Mark Wilson, assistant director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, will present “W.O. Carver: Southern Religion and the Challenge of Modernity.”

Wilson’s lecture will explore how one Southern Baptist seminary professor sought to balance his understanding of traditional orthodoxy with the intellectual challenges of the modern world. William Owen Carver, longtime professor of comparative religion and missions at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., challenged his theologically conservative constituency to grapple with developments of the early twentieth century – including liberalism, ecumenism, and the social gospel – with open minds and hearts. Carver was an ordinary son of Southern Baptists who became, in the denomination’s eyes, the intellectual architect of foreign missions and one of the brightest minds at its flagship seminary.

Wilson is a graduate of the University of Mobile and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Mercer University and a doctorate in history from Auburn University. His dissertation was a study of W.O. Carver’s “Progressive Vision for Southern Baptists.”

Christus Theological Institute, housed at Spring Hill College, was formed in 1989 and offers a unique opportunity for grass-roots ecumenism among Christians and churches of the Mobile Bay area.

The lecture is free for Christus members and $2 for guests. Use the Old Shell Road college entrance and follow the signs. For more information or to become a Christus member, call the Spring Hill College Division of Philosophy and Theology at (251) 380-4660 or e-mail