Eastern University Presents Series on Knowing Humanity

St. Davids, PA, November 6, 2012: Eastern University presents the third year of the series On Knowing Humanity: Developing a Christian Anthropology. This session will be held on Friday, November 16, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Baird Library on the campus at 1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA.

Five Missions and Anthropology students will respond to a paper, Engaging the Religiously Committed Other: Anthropologists and Theologians in Dialogue. The paper was written by Eastern University professors Dr. Eloise Meneses, Dr. David Bronkema, Dr. Lindy Backues, Dr. Eric Flett, and Dr. Ben Hartley. A general discussion will follow.

The public is welcome. To obtain an electronic copy of the paper to be discussed, please contact Dr. Eloise Meneses at emeneses@eastern.edu.  

Anthropology claims to study humanity holistically, in all its inter-cultural varieties and intra-cultural connections. Yet a truly holistic study must go beyond the natural science view of people as merely a species in nature.  A Christian anthropology must place ethnographic data about people and cultures within the larger framework of God’s purposes for humanity through history.

The next sessions in this series will be held as follows:
March 15:  Dr. Glenn Hinson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Gough Great Room, St. Davids.
Dr. Glenn Hinson is a folklorist and a cultural anthropologist who has studied African American Pentecostal worship services.  As an ethnographer, he emphasizes the validity of religious experience and describes the ways in which that experience enriches the lives of believers.  He has written a book, Fire in My Bones: Transcendence and the Holy Spirit in African American Gospel.

April 26:  Dr. Omri Elisha, Queens College, City University of New York.Gough Great Room, St. Davids.
Dr. Omri Elisha is a cultural anthropologist who has studied the church experience and outreach efforts of evangelical megachurches.  His work reveals the tension between the values on unconditional love and accountability in the evangelical sub-culture.  He has written a book, Moral Ambitions: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches.
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