posted October 16, 2013

Wednesday Address Examines Future of World Christianity

Dr. Mark Noll of the University of Notre Dame, will present the address “The Future of World Christianity” at Hope College on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Noll is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught since 2006.  His research focuses on the history of Christianity in the United States and Canada from the Great Awakening to the Civil War.

Noll has published 25 books with Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, University of North Carolina University Press, Blackwell’s and HarperCollins among others; he is the co-author or editor of an additional 25 books, and is also a published poet. Recent books include “Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind,” “The New Shape of World Christianity,” “God and Race in American Politics,” “The Civil War as a Theological Crisis” and “America's God, from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln.” He is perhaps best known for “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind,” a book about anti-intellectual tendencies within the American evangelical movement.

In 1994, Noll co-signed “Evangelicals and Catholics Together,” an ecumenical document that expressed the need for greater cooperation between Evangelical and Catholic leaders. In 2005, “Time Magazine” named him as one of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America; in 2006 President George W. Bush awarded him the National Endowment for the Humanities medal at a White House ceremony.

Noll is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A., English), the University of Iowa (M.A., English), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A., Church History and Theology) and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D., History of Christianity).  He taught at Wheaton College prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, and has also taught at Harvard Divinity School, the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and Regent College, Vancouver.

Noll and 1998 Hope graduate Matthew J. Kuiper, who is a Ph.D. candidate at Notre Dame, will also be speaking during the college’s Chapel service on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.  Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.