Evangelical Scholar to Lecture Sept. 9, 12

Dr. David Bebbington, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Baptist and evangelical history and a founding member of the International Conference on Baptist Studies, will lecture at OBU on Friday, Sept. 9, and Monday, Sept. 12.

Bebbington is a professor in the History Department of the University of Stirling in Scotland, where he has worked since 1976. He also has taught at The University of Alabama, Birmingham; Regent College, Vancouver; Notre Dame University; the University of Pretoria, South Africa; and Baylor University.

On Friday, Sept. 9, Bebbington will lecture on “Baptists and the Enlightenment” at 10 a.m. in the Mabee Learning Center Auditorium. The lecture is required of students in REL 3563 Baptist History and HIST 3513 Modern Britain, but open to all OBU students.

At noon on Friday, he will lecture on “Patterns in History: A Christian Perspective on Historical Thought,” in Shawnee Hall 305 in conjunction with HIST 2003 Intro, but open to all students.

The community is invited to attend his lecture on Friday from 3:30-5 p.m. on “The King James Bible in Britain Since the Late C18” in the Mabee Learning Center Auditorium.

On Monday, Sept. 12, Bebbington will lecture on “The Rise and Decline of Nonconformity in England and Wales, C16-C20” in Shawnee Hall 102 in conjunction with HIST 3513 Modern Britain, but open to all students.

Bebbington’s research interests concern religion, ideas, society and politics in the last 300 years. They focus on William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98), four-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, on religious nonconformity and on the Evangelical movement in Britain and throughout the world. He also is a joint coordinator with David Brown of Strathclyde University of the Modern British History Network, funded by the Carnegie Trust, which organizes colloquia and an annual conference.

He has delivered the lectures at Union Theological College, Belfast; London Bible College; the University of Pretoria, South Africa; the Divinity School, Acadia University, Nova Scotia; Nazarene Theological College, Manchester; Spurgeon’s College, London; and the Scottish Evangelical Theology Society, Edinburgh. His recent books include “Baptists through the Centuries: A Global Study” (2010), the textbook currently used in OBU’s Baptist History course; “The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody” (2005); and “The Mind of Gladstone” (2004).

The International Conference on Baptist Studies is a scholarly conference which convenes every three years, rotating between North American and international sites. Previous conferences have been conducted at Oxford University, Wake Forest Divinity School, the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, and Whitley College in Australia. Next year’s conference will be at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., July 11-14, 2012.