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Previous Lectures and Events

During 2005-2006 the Center inaugurated a series of lectures in which leading scholars were invited to campus to speak about issues generating new insights and wider debate among faculty, students, and the public about Christian Thought and Practice. Lectures have included: 

Princeton Lectures in Religion and Ethics:

  • Martha Minow, "Should Religious Groups Ever Be Exempt From Civil Rights Laws?" May 4, 2006
  • Lord Griffiths of Fforesfach, "'Doing God in 10 Downing Street': Faith and Politics in a Post-Modern World," September 24, 2008 Jonathan Rieder, "'I'm Gonna Be a Negro Tonight': Martin Luther King's Preaching in the Black Pulpit," October 22, 2008

Princeton Lectures in Religion and Global Culture:

  • George Weigel, "The Catholic Church in the Pontificate of Benedict XVI: A Global View," October 13, 2005
  • Birgit Meyer, "The Pentecostal Aesthetic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism," April 26, 2006
  • Donald E. Miller, "Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement," September 25, 2008
  • Eboo Patel, "Defeating Intolerance: Social Science Research and Strategies for Interfaith Cooperation," April 28, 2011
  • Christine Gardner, "Making Chastity Sexy: The Rhetoric of Evangelical Abstinence Campaigns," October 3, 2011

Princeton Lectures in Religion and History:

  • George Marsden, "How 'Otherworldly' American Fundamentalists Became Political," March 6, 2006
  • Ronald Numbers, September 29, 2006
  • Harry S. Stout, "Baptized in Blood: Moral Reflections on the American Civil War," April 19, 2007
  • Daniel Walker Howe, "What Hath God Wrought: Religion in the Transformation of America, 1815-1848,"  April 1, 2009
  • Amy Hollywood, "Reading 'the Book of Experience': Toward an Alternative History of Religious Experience," October 16, 2009. 

Princeton Lectures in Religion and Science:

  • Barbara Bradley Hagerty, "Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality," October 5, 2009


During 2004-2005, the Center sponsored "A Legacy of Provocation: Augustine Reconsidered," a Lilly-funded interdisciplinary conference, organized by Assistant Professor of Religion Eric Gregory. This conference highlighted new approaches to the life, writings, and influence of Augustine of Hippo (354-430). The conference addressed the current renaissance of Augustine studies and engaged contemporary issues with his thought and influential legacy. In addition to Princeton faculty, speakers included Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills, Paula Fredriksen, James J. O'Donnell, and former CSR fellows Charles Mathewes and James Wetzel.For more information, click here.

On December 13, 2004 Omar McRoberts, University of Chicago, spoke on "State 'Regulation' of Religion and the Art of Bonsai: Black Denominations in the New Deal Era." Co-sponsored by the Program in African American Studies.

During 2003-2004, we welcomed Sarah Coakley to the Center as the Visiting Lecturer in Christian Thought. Professor Coakley holds the Ph.D. in theology from the University of Cambridge and is the Mallinckrodt Professor at Harvard Divinity School. Her published work moves between studies of modern theory (Christ Without Absolutes), comparative religion (Religion and the Body), patristic theory (articles on Gregory of Nyssa, especially), and feminist theology (God, Sexuality and the Self: On the Trinity, forthcoming). Her most recent book is Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender. During her time at Princeton, Professor Coakley will teach a 300-level seminar in Princeton’s Department of Religion on theology and ethics.

During 2002-2003, our Visiting Lecturer in Christian Thought was Eugene F. Rogers, Jr. He holds the Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. A specialist in modern Christian thought, he is the author of Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth: Sacred Doctrine and the Natural Knowledge of God (2001) and Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their Way Into the Triune God (1999), as well as editor of Theology and Sexuality: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2002). He is currently finishing a project titled, After the Spirit: The Eclipse of the Holy Spirit by Nature, Grace, and Law. During his time at Princeton, Professor Rogers taught a 300-level seminar in Princeton's Department of Religion entitled, "Aquinas: Theology and Ethics."

In 2001-2002, our Visiting Lecturer in Christian Thought was James R. Wetzel, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Colgate University. A specialist in medieval philosophy and theology, he is the author of Augustine and the Limits of Virtue (Cambridge University Press, 1992), as well as numerous articles. He is currently working on a project titled,Transgression: Three Studies in a Philosophy of the Heart, an exploration of three kinds of transgression in philosophy: sin (Augustine), error (Descartes), and nonsense (Wittgenstein). While at Princeton, Professor Wetzel taught a 300-level seminar in Princeton's Department of Religion entitled, "From Eros to Sin: Augustine's Transformation of Plato."

Our Fall 2001 Conference sponsored under this grant took place in November 2001. The conference was entitled "What Does It Mean To Be Human? Religion and Bioethics." To learn more about this conference, please go here.