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Lovin, Hauerwas to speak on Niebuhr, March 25

Two prominent contemporary theological ethicists will present a symposium on Reinhold Niebuhr and public theology at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in McCosh 10.

Robin Lovin, the Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University, and Stanley Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, will discuss Niebuhr's vision of public theology, its efficacy in his time and its implications for today.

Niebuhr was one of the most influential American Christian theologians of the 20th century and was well known for his ability to bring theological wisdom to bear on important issues of the day. He is the author of many classics in the field, including "Moral Man and Immoral Society," "The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness" and "Discerning the Signs of Our Times."

The symposium is the second event in a three-year series offered by the Center for the Study of Religion featuring speakers who combine strong interests in public affairs with rich understanding of theology, theological ethics, philosophy of religion and religious history.

Lovin joined the SMU faculty in July 1994 and served as dean of Perkins School of Theology from 1994 to 2002 until his appointment as Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics. From 1991 to 1994, he was dean at the Theological School of Drew University.

Hauerwas taught for two years at Augustana College before joining the faculty of the University of Notre Dame, where he taught from 1970 to 1984. He joined the faculty of Duke University in 1984.

Contact: Eric Quinones(609) 258-3601

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