The Annual Crum Lecture—The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism

Dr. Molly Worthen, assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss “The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism” in an interview with Stan Gaede, President of the Christian College Consortium, on Thursday, April 7, 2016. The Annual Crum Lecture, hosted by Gordon’s Center for Faith and Inquiry, is free and open to the public.

MWheadshot8Worthen’s research focuses on North American religious and intellectual history, particularly the ideas and culture of Christianity in the twentieth century. Her most recent book, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism (Oxford, 2013), examines American evangelical intellectual life since 1945. Worthen teaches courses in global Christianity, North American religious and intellectual culture, and the history of politics and ideology. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and has also written about religion and politics for the New Republic, Slate, Christianity Today and other publications.

“Worthen is an up-and-coming young scholar at UNC. Her book on authority and American evangelicalism received much well-deserved attention. It is an honor for Gordon to host her and converse with her about matters important to the college,” says Dr. Tal Howard, professor of history and director of the Jerusalem and Athens Forum honors program.

The event will take place in the Chairman’s Room of the Ken Olsen Science Center at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a reception in the Loggia at 4 p.m.

The annual Crum Lecture is named in honor of Terrelle B. Crum, who served as Dean of Faculty for 40 years at Barrington College. It is part of CFI’s Faith Seeking Understanding lecture series, which seeks to nurture both faith and understanding and explore the relationship between the two. For more information, please contact [email protected].