The Stob Lectures and the January Series have served similar functions in the past: bring renowned thought-leaders to Calvin’s campus to lecture on their areas of expertise.
Now they are combining forces to broaden their reach. Beginning in 2017, the Stob Lectures will underwrite a January Series speaker each year who has expertise in apologetics, ethics, or philosophical theology.
Combining the Stob Lectures and January Series provides an opportunity to use the endowed lectureship to reach a worldwide audience. Because The January Series has significant recognition as a platform to discuss important ideas from an intellectual and theological perspective, the leadership of the seminary and college believe this new format will broaden the scope and impact of the Stob Lectures.
This year’s speaker will be N.T. Wright. He will deliver the final lecture of the January Series at 12:30pm on January 24, speaking on the topic, “The Royal Revolution: Fresh Perspectives on the Cross.”
Since the 1980s, the Stob Lectures have been an annual event co-sponsored by Calvin College and Calvin Seminary in honor of Dr. Henry J. Stob. Stob studied at both Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Gottingen in 1938. He served the College as Associate Professor of Philosophy from 1939 to 1943. In 1943 he entered the armed forces as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Upon his discharge in 1946, he taught at the College as Professor of Philosophy until 1952. In 1952, he was appointed Professor of Ethics and Apologetics at Calvin Theological Seminary. Stob retired from the faculty in 1975 and received the Calvin College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1976.
In 1975, an endowment was established at Calvin in honor of Dr. Stob, the proceeds of which have underwritten the Stob Lectureship held annually under the sponsorship of both the Seminary and the College. The subject matter of the Stob Lectures relates to the fields of apologetics, ethics, and philosophical theology. Over the years, scholars such as Lewis Smedes, Richard Mouw, Miroslav Volf, Mary Steward Van Leeuwen, and Sarah Coakley have presented the lectures.
N.T. “Tom” Wright taught New Testament studies for 20 years and served as the Bishop of Durham from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. He now serves as chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. Wright is an award-winning author with nearly 50 published works, including Simply Christian and his most recent, The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion. While in Grand Rapids, Wright will also participate in Worship Symposium.
For details on attending or live streaming Wright’s January Series talk sponsored by the Stob Lectures, please click here.
For more information on Wright’s sessions at the Worship Symposium, and information on how to register, please click here.