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Hallowed and Halo 5: Hall lecture to explore peace

 By Peggy Binette, peggy@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-7704

Two scholars – one a theologian and the other a psychologist -- will address the pursuit of peace Thursday, April 11 at the University of South Carolina.

The Rev. Clifton Black of Princeton Theological Seminary will explore the Lord’s Prayer and the “lull of complacency” in the annual Hall Lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Capstone House. Earlier in the day Ohio State University professor Brad Bushman will lead a panel discussion among clergy and the public on curbing video game violence at 2 p.m. in Rutledge Chapel.

Both events, offered as part of USC’s Nadine Beacham and Charlton F. Hall Sr. Lectureship in New Testament and Early Christianity, are free and open to the public.

In the evening Hall Lecture Black, the Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton, will address a complacency that he refers to as a temptation -- even among the pious – to not fully appreciate and embrace the words of the Lord’s Prayer.

“To petition God as ‘Father’ was and remains an extraordinary act of faithful gumption. To plead for daily bread and defense against temptation is to admit our fundamental weakness. To ask forgiveness as we forgive others is a reminder of the immensity of our debts to others,” said Black, who is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. “The words of this prayer construct those who pray it into something rather different from what they are.”

Black will join Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology, for the afternoon panel discussion titled “Curbing Violence in American Society.” Bushman will discuss the prevalence of video games as well as the effects of violent and relaxing ones on players. He is an expert on human aggression and violence as it relates to media and video games.

Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will moderate the panel that will include Black and Bushman; the Very Rev. Timothy Jones, dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; and Rev. Ginger Barfield, dean of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

The Hall Lectureship, one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ premier lectureships, was established in 1995 by alumnus Charlton F. Hall Jr.

For more information about the 2013 Hall lectureship, call 803-777-9201, or visit the website.

If you're going

  • Hall Lectureship symposium: "Curbing Violence in American Society," 2 p.m., April 11, Rutledge Chapel. Panelists: Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary; Brad Bushman, Ohio State University; the Very Rev. Timothy Jones, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; and Rev. Ginger Barfield, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Moderator: Dean Mary Anne Fitzpatrick.
  • Hall Lecture: "Whose Kingdom? Whose Power? Whose Glory?" 7:30 p.m., April 11, Capstone House. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary, gives renewed understanding to the Lord's Prayer.

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