Dr. Robert Baldwin to present "Life and Death Matters: Seeking the Truth about Capital Punishment" Feb. 18

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Feb. 5, 2010

MOBLE, Ala. – Robert Baldwin, M.D., will present “Life and Death Matters: Seeking the Truth about Capital Punishment” at the monthly lecture of the Christus Theological Institute. The lecture is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the Spring Hill College campus.

Baldwin is a retired physician who now spends much of his time writing, teaching, and speaking about capital punishment from a faith, philosophical, and logical perspective. His presentation will be based on his first venture into non-medical writing, “Life and Death Matters: Seeking the Truth about Capital Punishment,” published in January 2009 by New South Books. It chronicles his life and brush with death, and how it affected his thinking about life in general and a very important and controversial social issue of our time – the death penalty. 

“By the grace of God, I found that my feelings about capital punishment said a lot about who I was as a person, as a moral entity, and a Christian trying to follow the teachings and the life-example of Jesus Christ,” he said. “‘Life and Death Matters’ presents not only the Christian perspective (ethic) but the data necessary to fully understand the issues involved, whether one is a proponent of death or a proponent of life.”

Baldwin received B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Alabama, after beginning his studies at Spring Hill College in 1961. Most recently, he received a master’s degree from Birmingham Southern College, where his interest in capital punishment began. He is a certified lay speaker for the Canterbury United Methodist Church, where he teaches classes on The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church and Christian Perspectives on Controversial Social Issues. He also serves on the board of directors for Queen of Heaven Radio, which broadcasts EWTN Catholic radio programming to the Birmingham area. He serves as president and board chair of the Alabama Ear Institute, which is dedicated to children born deaf and hard of hearing and their families, and as founder and chairman of the board of the newly opened Alabama School for Hearing.  He recently was named to the board of advisors for Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty.

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.