Harvard University
Friday, November 15, 2013

The Veritas Forum

Sponsors: AACF • AIA • BCF • CI • HCFA • HUF • HRCF • BCF • ABSK • HGCF • Philosophy Department
Episcopal Chaplaincy • Buddhist Chaplaincy • Memorial Church • Pluralism Project

November 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Memorial Church

A conversation on the interpretation of the New Testament in a post-modern era, moderated by Jay Harris, Dean of Undergraduate Education and Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Jewish Studies.

Those who wish to purchase a signed copy of N.T. Wright's latest book, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, at the Forum (list price, $89, event discount price $50) should email books@veritas.org to reserve a copy!

Tickets are valid through 7:45 pm. Based on the number of seats remaining in Memorial Church, there may be limited seating available for those without tickets. Priority will be given to students (with IDs). There will be overflow seating in Science Center E.

The event will be livestreamed to The Veritas Forum YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/veritasforum.

About the Presenters
Author, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews

N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. The author of over sixty books ranging from scholarly studies to books for a more popular audience, Wright’s audiences range from viewers of ABC News and The Colbert Report to attendees of various scholarly and ministry conferences, such as the Society of Biblical Literature to Duke Divinity School Pastor’s Conference and numerous other speaking and teaching engagements.

Born in 1948, Wright’s first degrees were in Classics and Theology from Exeter College, Oxford. He studied for the ministry at Oxford University’s Wycliffe Hall and was ordained as a priest in 1976. While
working as a chaplain and tutor in theology at Merton College, Oxford and then Downing College, Cambridge, he completed a doctoral dissertation entitled “The Messiah and the People of God” under supervisor G. B. Caird.

Wright’s first full-time professorship was at McGill University in Montreal, followed by an appointment as lecturer in New Testament back at Oxford. In 2000, Wright became Canon Theologian of Westminster, and in 2003, Bishop of Durham. He was also a member of the House of Lords from 2003-2010. During this time he penned many articles, books, and commentaries meant for church use or for the curious reader in Christian studies. He also published the first three titles in his Christian Origins and the Question of God series: The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God, and The Resurrection of the Son of God.

Now research professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews, Wright’s current scholarly projects include additions to the Christian Origins and the Question of God series and his large-scale commentary on Paul’s letter to the Philippians — Paul and the Faithfulness of God, Paul and His Recent Interpreters, and Pauline Perspectives.

Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department, Harvard University

Sean Kelly earned an Sc.B. in Mathematics and Computer Science and an M.S. in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences from Brown University in 1989. After several years as a graduate student in Logic and Methodology of Science, he finally received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. He taught in Philosophy and the Humanities at Stanford and in Philosophy and Neuroscience at Princeton before joining the Harvard Faculty in 2006.

History at Harvard University

The Veritas Forum was started at Harvard in 1992 by Kelly Monroe Kullberg during her time at the Divinity School. Since then, the Veritas Forum has expanded to over 80 schools across the world.

Last year, the University of Chicago's Jean Bethke Elstain and Harvard's Michael Sandel shared a dialogue on "The Role of Religion in Public Life" in Sanders Theater. HDS/HLS student Christopher Hampson moderated.

In 2012, Oxford Mathematician John Lennox spoke on "Miracles: Is Belief in the Supernatural Irrational?" to a packed audience of 650 people in Science Center C. Professor Tyler Vanderwheele, of Harvard's Epidemiology Department, moderated the Forum.

In 2011, Sri Lankan lay theologian and social critic Vinoth Ramachandra had a dialogue on pluralism with Harvard Professor Diana Eck, titled "Why Tolerance is Not Enough: Myths About Pluralism." Rodney Petersen, of the Boston Theological Institute, served as moderator.