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N.T. Wright visits TWU as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series

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Langley, BC – Trinity Western University will host celebrated theologian N.T. Wright on November 16 and 17, 2010, as part of the University Distinguished Lecture Series. The Series is designed to introduce students and the general public to some of the most profound Christian thinkers of our time. Bishop Wright will be participating in two Chapel Talks – open to the public – about hope and character in “Tomorrow’s World.” On November 16, he will be giving a public lecture, “Called to be Human: Agenda for Tomorrow’s Church,” at Christian Life Assembly in Langley.

N.T. Wright, DPhil, is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and the former Anglican Bishop of Durham. His other previous positions titles include Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey and Dean of Lichfield Cathedral. Wright taught for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford universities and authored many influential books on New Testament studies and theology – including What St. Paul Really Said and Simply Christian – for both scholarly and popular audiences.

"Wright offers [an] intelligent view of Christianity, and his title invites us to compare his work with Lewis's [...] Mere Christianity," states a Washington Post review.

A scholar and a Bishop, Wright walks a unique line: his time is split with dozens of books waiting to be read and written, while continually meeting with people, supporting organizations and preparing up to six or eight sermons per week. “One might fail in both,” he says, “but I think it’s important for some of us, at least, to do it for some of the time.”

And colleagues praise Wright’s contributions. "Brilliant Bishop Wright is one of God's best gifts to our decaying Western church..." declared J.I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College in Vancouver.

When asked about the place of a Christian university in the world of higher education Wright says, “Christian faith has to face, unafraid, the challenges of the whole world, and Christians in higher education should be known for their robust intellectual (and of course moral) integrity, as leaders in their field who win and keep the respect of their peers. Christian faith should generate a desire, not to sidestep the big issues and hide in a private world, but to out-think and out-argue all comers.”

For further information on the Chapel Talks and public lecture, contact Jim Scott at or Tony Cummins at

Event at a glance

Tuesday November 16:
11:00 a.m.
Chapel Talk - “Hope in Tomorrow's World”
David E. Enarson Gym, Trinity Western University
7600 Glover Road, Langley
Open to the public

7:30 p.m.
Lecture - “Called to be Human: Agenda for Tomorrow’s Church”
Christian Life Assembly
21277 56 Avenue, Langley
Open to the public 

Wednesday, November 17:
11:00 a.m.
Chapel Talk - “Character in Tomorrow's World”
David E. Enarson Gym, Trinity Western University
Open to the public

  • Last Updated on November 1st, 2010 at 4:36pm
  • Author: Jennifer Watton
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