Dr. Gary Anderson to deliver the Hesburgh Lecture at Spring Hill College Feb. 2

Tue, 12/20/2011 - 3:00pm

Mobile, Ala. – Dr. Gary A. Anderson, Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the 2012 Hesburgh lecture at Spring Hill College’s Byrne Memorial Hall Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. The lecture is sponsored by Spring Hill College and the Christus Theological Institute.

The 7 p.m. lecture,“Charity to the Poor in the Biblical Tradition,” will examine surprising features of Biblical religion that have led to a fundamental commitment to the well-being of the poor in both the church and the synagogue.

Anderson completed his doctorate at Harvard University and has placed special focus on the study of the Book of Genesis and the priestly literature of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Anderson’s most recent book, “Sin: A History” (Yale University Press, 2009), treats the way in which metaphors for sin change from the First to the Second Temple period and how those changes decisively shaped the way Jews and Christians came to view the effect of sins and how they might be forgiven. The book was named “Best Book in Biblical Studies” by Christianity Today. Anderson is currently working on two books: one on the theology of charity in Biblical and post-biblical Jewish and Christian sources and another on the Tabernacle narratives in Exodus and their influence on the rest of the Bible.

The Christus Theological Institute, housed at Spring Hill College, is a grassroots consortium of Mobile Bay area churches joined in the quest to promote a deeper understanding of our Christian faith.

The Hesburgh Lecture Series is named for Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of Notre Dame. The Hesburgh lecture is hosted in conjunction with the Notre Dame Alumni Club and is free and open to the public. The lectures, hosted by Notre Dame clubs, have perpetuated the example of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., as a lifelong learner.

For more information on this and upcoming Christus events, contact the SHC theology department at (251) 380-4458 or e-mail: christus@shc.edu.