Regular readers of The Pietist Schoolman might have noticed a new “widget” along the right-hand side of each page: a countdown to April 20, when Bethel University will host a colloquium on Pietism. I’ve already shared some initial details and, last week, a follow-up about our afternoon roundtable discussion on Pietism and contemporary churches and denominations.
Today, a bit more about our keynote speaker and his talk:
Scot McKnight, the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University in Chicago, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (Paraclete, 2004), which won the Christianity Today book of the year for Christian Living. His recent books include The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Zondervan, 2011), One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow (Zondervan, 2010), The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (Zondervan, 2008), and a new commentary on the letter of James (Eerdmans, 2010). Scot also blogs at the popular Jesus Creed.
(Read Scot’s full bio here.)
For the keynote address of the 2012 Bethel Colloquium on Pietism Studies, Scot will be speaking to us on “Pietism, Anabaptism and Conversion: Paradigms for the Contemporary Church,” which will ask how one compares Anabaptism and Pietism. Are they parallel responses to institutionalism or are they different responses? How does their understanding of conversion (and its centrality) shed light on how these two movements are related?
Scot’s session (continued with discussion over lunch) will explore how the Pietist response to Lutheranism and how the Anabaptist response to both Catholicism and the magisterial reformers sheds light on currents in the modern church in the USA.
If you’re interested in attending (it’s free and open to the public, though we’ll ask those staying for lunch to register in advance), e-mail me and I’ll add you to our mailing list.