Veritas Speakers Appearing at Stanford
Monday, May 5, 2014

The Well-Lived Life: An Atheist Philosopher and a Christian Theologian Discuss

May 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Stanford Faculty Club

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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 of Philosophy, Stanford University

Kenneth Allen Taylor is an American philosopher at Stanford Univeristy. He was the chair of the department of philosophy at Stanford University from 2001 to 2009. Professor Taylor specializes in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. His interests include semantics, reference, naturalism, and relativism. He is the author of numerous articles, which have appeared in journals such as Noûs, Philosophical Studies, and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and two books, Truth and Meaning: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language (Blackwell Publishers) and Reference and the Rational Mind (CSLI Publications).

Taylor received his Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of Chicago, where he completed a his dissertation under the supervision of Leonard Linsky. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1977.

Before coming to Stanford, Professor Taylor taught in the philosophy departments at Rutgers University, University of Maryland at College Park, Wesleyan University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Middlebury College. He is the co-host, with John Perry, of the radio program Philosophy Talk. His newest book, Referring to the World: An Introduction to the Theory of Reference, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Past Veritas Forums held on Stanford University’s campus

In 2013, Veritas Forum speaker MIT Physicist Ian Hutchinson, visited Stanford - exploring questions on faith and science at "Complements or Contradictions". 

In 2012, students at Stanford looked at how we should respond to poverty. Do we have an obligation to the poor when we're choosing things like our vocation, classes, and groceries? And if we do, how should that obligation change the way we make those decisions? Join Nathan GeorgeNishan de Mel, and Debbie Hall in a thoughtful discussion in "Making Money, Spending Money: What Do We Owe to the Poor?"

In 2011, Veritas Forum speaker and Oxford mathematician John Lennox visited Stanford in a discussion moderated by Ray F. Cowan, MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Throughout history, countless ideas have thrived only to be later supplanted.  What, if anything, is worth believing in? Come hear Dr. Lennox draw from his experiences with atheism and theism in Eastern Europe in "Axioms and Inferences: A Mathematician Thinks About Faith."