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King University News :: King University and the Buechner Institute Host Lectures March 5-6 to Mark 500th Anniversary of John Knox’s Birth

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 4, 2014 – The year 2014 marks the (probable) 500th anniversary of the birth of John Knox. From his famous debates with Mary, Queen of Scots, to his infamous writings, Knox stands at the head of a tradition of Scottish Presbyterianism which has focused on resistance to oppression, prophetic preaching, doctrinal precision, and a godly society. To mark this event, the Buechner Institute and King University are holding events on Wednesday, March 5th and Thursday, March 6th.

The weeks’ events will include the Buechner Institute lecture by Jane Dawson on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Dawson is a professor of Reformation History at the University of Edinburgh and author of a forthcoming biography of John Knox. Her lecture is titled, “Calling Mr. Knox,” a discussion of John Knox’s vocation.

On Thursday, March 6 at 4 p.m., Iain Torrance, pro-chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, president emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary, dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, and Chaplain-in-Ordinary to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland, will present “A Particular Reformed Piety: John Knox and the Posture at Communion.”


Dawson will give a second lecture on “John Knox at 500” on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

All events will be held in the Board Room of the Student Center Complex on King University’s Bristol campus, and are free and open to the public. For additional information contact Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History for King University at 423.652.4835.


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