Annual Christus Lecture Features Famed Notre Dame Scholar

(Mobile, Ala.) Spring Hill College presented its annual Christus Hesburgh Lecture on Tuesday, November 3, at 7 pm, in the college’s Byrne Memorial Hall. This year’s lecture, “The Quran and the Bible,” featured famed Notre Dame scholar, Gabriel Said Reynolds, PhD.

Reynolds is a Crowley Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of “The Quran and the Bible:  Text and Commentary,” and “Allah: God and the Quran.” He also hosts a YouTube channel:  “Exploring the Quran and the Bible.”

To Muslims, the Quran is the uncreated, eternal word of God. As Jesus Christ is to Christians, The Quran to Muslims is the fullest expression of God’s concern for humanity. It is the source of spiritual wisdom and the constitution for a perfect society. To many scholars, however, the Quran is a poorly understood text. This lecture discussed the latest academic debates about the Quran and explored its relationship to the Bible. 

Inspired by the legacy of the late Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., and his love of lifelong learning, the Hesburgh Lecture Series, brought University faculty to Notre Dame clubs and their local communities in 1986. The lectures are free and open to the public and serve as an opportunity to share a piece of the Notre Dame campus and academic experience with alumni and friends in their communities. Each year through the series, the association presents faculty who are outstanding researchers and excellent teachers who are able to communicate specialized knowledge and scholarly perspectives to a diverse adult audience. Learn more here:

Since 1989, Christus Theological Institute has offered a unique opportunity for continuing education and grass-roots ecumenism among Christians and churches of the Mobile Bay area.  The annual Christus program has presented more than 100 lectures by local and regional speakers. The mission of Christus is to encourage a reflective deepening and broadening of the search for God in our Christian tradition, promoting a truly ecumenical network among local faith communities. Learn more at


Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third oldest Jesuit college in the United States. Spring Hill combines the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – with innovative educational experiences. Located in Mobile, Ala., Spring Hill’s mission is to form leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life. As a result, Spring Hill students are engaged, inspired and transformed by their experiences. 

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