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In this episode, Dr. Greg Lee, Associate Professor of Theology and Urban Studies at Wheaton College, discusses Augustine and Mass Incarceration. Much of Dr. Lee’s work appropriates Augustine as a resource for addressing contemporary issues of church and society. A resident of the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, he is especially interested in urban questions of race and class, which he approaches from a distinctly Asian American perspective. WTS student and Wheaton grad Anna Erickson sat down with him.

This conversation comes as a follow-up to the event sponsored by Western Theological Seminary and Hope College‘s Saint Benedict Institute, “An Augustinian Theology of Mass Incarceration.” 

In this episode, Dr. Greg Lee, Associate Professor of Theology and Urban Studies at Wheaton College, discusses Augustine and Mass Incarceration. Much of Dr. Lee’s work appropriates Augustine as a resource for addressing contemporary issues of church and society. A resident of the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, he is especially interested in urban questions of race and class, which he approaches from a distinctly Asian American perspective. WTS student and Wheaton grad Anna Erickson sat down with him.

This conversation comes as a follow-up to the event sponsored by Western Theological Seminary and Hope College‘s Saint Benedict Institute, “An Augustinian Theology of Mass Incarceration.” 

 

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m., Mulder Chapel

Lecture with Dr. Greg Lee, Wheaton College

The United States incarcerates far more individuals than any nation in the world at radically disparate rates for different racial groups. In this lecture, Dr. Lee will draw on the thought of Augustine to encourage new approaches toward criminal justice. Augustine’s understanding of personal sin stresses the possibility of redemption for individual wrongdoers, and his account of collective evil exposes systemic injustice as a pervasive feature of humanity’s fallen condition. These insights commend Christians’ solidarity with oppressed communities and the exercise of mercy and restorative practices in response to criminal offenses.
This lecture is sponsored by the Girod Chair of Western Theological Seminary in partnership with the Saint Benedict Institute.
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Today’s guest is Dr. Jana Bennett, Professor of Religion at the University of Dayton. Dr. Bennett is a moral theologian and author of Water is Thicker than Blood: An Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness. Dr. Bennet was on campus for a colloquy hosted by the Girod Chair in Reformed Theology, during which she also participated on a panel discussing “A Theology of Singleness.” WTS student James Schetelich sat down to talk with her about her books and why marriage and singleness are important topics for the church.

Today’s guest is Dr. Jana Bennett, Professor of Religion at the University of Dayton. Dr. Bennett is a moral theologian and author of Water is Thicker than Blood: An Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness. Dr. Bennet was on campus for a colloquy hosted by the Girod Chair in Reformed Theology, during which she also participated on a panel discussing “A Theology of Singleness.” WTS student James Schetelich sat down to talk with her about her books and why marriage and singleness are important topics for the church.

 

WTS is pleased to share that Dr. Han-luen Kantzer Komline has been offered a prestigious fellowship at Villanova University. The Patricia H. Imbesi Saint Augustine Fellowship is offered to “an outstanding scholar whose work has a contribution to make to the study of Augustine or of the Augustinian tradition,” and Dr. Kantzer Komline and her husband Dr. David Komline will travel to Villanova for the spring semester this year. David will continue to teach DL courses at WTS.
In addition to this honor, Dr. Kantzer Komline has also received the Manfred Lautenschleager Award for Theological Promise. Awarded to the top 10 promising theologians throughout the world, this is a truly significant accomplishment.  We are delighted that Prof. Kantzer Komline was selected for this honor. In receiving this award, Dr. Kantzer Komline joins the ranks of our own Dr. Todd Billings, who was a recipient in 2009 (note: it was called the Templeton Award for Theological Promise at that time).
Dr. Kantzer Komline’s new book, Augustine on the Will: A Theological Account, was recently published by Oxford University Press as a part of the Oxford Studies in Historical Theology.  “This book represents a true contribution to the field,” writes academic dean, Dr. Kristen Johnson. As one scholar has written, “There is nothing in English that offers such a clear treatment of Augustine’s developing thought on this crucial issue.” And another notes, “This fresh new approach will be a must read for anyone interested in further work on this important topic.”
We offer our hearty congratulations to Dr. Kantzer Komline on these accomplishments!

On this episode, Han-luen Kantzer-Komline sat down with Rev. Dr. Justo L González, a prominent author and church historian. Dr. González shared about his love for history and the ways he makes that history come alive for others. To see Dr. González’s speech at the WTS Dean’s installation service, check out the video here.

On this episode, Han-luen Kantzer-Komline sat down with Rev. Dr. Justo L González, a prominent author and church historian. Dr. González shared about his love for history and the ways he makes that history come alive for others. To see Dr. González’s speech at the WTS Dean’s installation service, check out the video here.

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