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Author and Contributing Editor for Books & Culture Timothy Larsen to Speak at King University Feb. 1

BRISTOL, Tenn., Jan. 18, 2015 – Timothy Larsen, author and contributing editor for Books & Culture, will speak at King University and First Presbyterian Church on Monday, as part of the King Institute for Faith and Culture’s 2015-16 Lecture Series. Larsen’s morning lecture, which will take place at King’s Memorial Chapel on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn., at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, will focus on “Are Faith and Science in Conflict?” At 7 p.m. that evening, Dr. Larsen will speak on “How Bible Reading Saved Western Civilization” at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn. The events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

“Tim Larsen is a superb scholar and writer who embodies the life of the mind in an engaging, approachable manner,” said Heather Whitney (’03), assistant professor of Physics at Wheaton College. “I am thrilled that he is coming to speak at King University, my alma mater, where I learned to love the Christian liberal arts. His presence will be an exciting opportunity for the King community to participate in thoughtful listening and engagement with Tim's perspective on faith, science, and the Bible.”

Timothy Larsen is the Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He has been a Visiting Fellow in History at Trinity College in Cambridge and All Souls College in Oxford.

Dr. Larsen received his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and Master of Arts in Theology from Wheaton College in 1989 and 1990, followed by his Ph.D. in History from the University of Stirling in Scotland in 1997. His primary interests are in the areas of historical theology, Christian thought, and intellectual currents and controversies; he also specializes in British history. Another current interest is faith and the academic disciplines, especially anthropology. Larsen’s research and writing tend to explore theological and intellectual ideas as they were appropriated and wrestled within specific cultural, social, and historical contexts.

Dr. Larsen is a contributing editor for Books & Culture, and has written for a wider range of popular journals, including the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and the Christian Century. He has authored numerous books including “Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England,” and “A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians.” His edited books include “Bonhoeffer,” “Christ and Culture” and “The Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology.”

A review in the Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford said of Larsen’s most recent book published in 2014, “The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith,” said, “In his latest book, ‘The Slain God,’ Timothy Larsen provides a compelling account of the complex relationship between anthropology and the Christian faith . . . His is the first book-length study of the relationship between anthropology and Christianity and as such is of interest to anyone who wishes to understand this relationship better. The book is also particularly timely in view of the recent resurgence of interest in these issues in the anthropology of Christianity.”

“The range of Tim Larsen's publications reflects only a part of the range of his thinking,” said Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History at King University. “His careful historical research, recognized with many awards and fellowships, always holds contemporary relevance, and he models the service to learning and church on which King is founded. Both talks at King will take us into the past in order to address contemporary issues.”

Both events are open to the public and free of charge. Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


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