Landregan Lecture

20th Annual Landregan Lecture: 'The Ghosts of Churches Past: How Christian Communities Survive the Destruction of their Faith'

Philip Jenkins, Ph.D.

Philip Jenkins, Ph.D.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
University of Dallas Church of the Incarnation  

Throughout history, religious communities have been destroyed or have vanished in particular regions, but they rarely leave without a trace. Sometimes older communities survive for centuries as secret or hidden believers — such as the so-called crypto Christians. But remnants of Christian life and practice also live on unmistakably in the religious systems that replace them. These "ghost" traditions are a vital often unrecognized part of Christian history.

This lecture is open to the wider Dallas community. All are welcome.

Keynote Speaker: Philip Jenkins, Ph.D.

Philip Jenkins is distinguished professor of history at Baylor University, and serves as co-director for the program on historical studies of religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR).

He is one of the world’s leading religion scholars; Economist magazine dubbed him “one of America’s best scholars of religion.” A historian by training, Jenkins has been lauded for his work in many different disciplines including sociology, criminology and religious studies.

Jenkins' major interests include the study of global Christianity; of new and emerging religious movements; and of 20th century U.S. history, chiefly post-1970. He has published 24 books, which have been translated into 10 languages. Some recent titles include Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History (2000);The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity (2002); The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South (2006); The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa and Asia – and How It Died (2008); Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, And Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years (2010); Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses (2011); and The Great and Holy War: How World War I became a Religious Crusade.

Jenkins holds a doctorate in history from Cambridge University, where he spent an additional three years working with Sir Leon Radzinowicz, the pioneer of criminology at Cambridge. Jenkins has an enduring interest in issues of crime and deviance, and the construction of social problems. He is considered an international expert on the subject of terrorism.

According to Rodney Stark, distinguished professor of social sciences at Baylor University: “Jenkins is a world-class scholar who really appreciates Baylor’s vision.” Martin Medhurst, distinguished professor of rhetoric and communication, agrees with these observations. “Philip Jenkins is truly a rare academic in that his work not only appeals to such a wide range of scholars, but it is equally appreciated among popular audiences,” said Medhurst.

Jenkins collaborates with the ISR on a number of research initiatives, and partners with ISR scholars on future studies of religion around the globe as well as ongoing historical studies of religion.

About the Landregan Lecture

The Landregan Lecture brings to the University of Dallas campus nationally prominent figures whose areas of expertise reflect the many interests that animated the late UD alumnus Steven T. Landregan throughout his long, distinguished career of service to the Catholic Church in North Texas as archivist, author and former editor of the Texas Catholic. LEARN MORE

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