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Noted Author Daniel Taylor to Speak at King University and the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough March 14

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 2, 2016 – Daniel Taylor, noted author and popular international speaker on issues related to story, values, character, faith, and contemporary culture, will give two lectures as part of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture’s 2015-16 Lecture Series. On Monday, March 14, Taylor will discuss “What If Your Life Were Serious? A Thought Experiment” at 9:15 a.m. in King’s Memorial Chapel on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn. That evening, at 7 p.m., Taylor will speak on “Looking for God (and Wonder) Through Children’s Stories: Faith as a Bear Hug" at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tenn. The events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

“Daniel Taylor is a delightful author and speaker, and the King Institute for Faith and Culture is so pleased to have him back at King University,” says Shannon Harris, Ph.D., interim director of the King Institute for Faith and Culture. “Daniel’s writings are treasures, and he has received quite a bit of acclaim for his most recent mystery novel. Daniel is a creative force, who is able to use words to evoke difficult concepts; his respect and veneration for story is instructive. As he points out, “Faith in God is better thought of as a story to be lived than as a set of propositions to be believed. We are story-shaped creatures, and God has chosen story as the primary method for relating to us.” Isn’t that beautiful? We are very fortunate to have the chance to hear from this remarkable wordsmith.”

Daniel Taylor calls himself “a Christian humanist with a fondness for the life of the mind, spiritual pilgrimage, and salty snacks.” Taylor says, “We live in stories the way fish live in water, breathing them in and out, buoyed up by them, taking from them our sustenance, but rarely conscious of this element in which we exist. We are born into stories; they nurture and guide us through life; they help us know how to die. Stories make it possible for us to be human.”

A native of Escondido, Calif., Taylor received a B.A. in English from Westmont College and a M.A. in English from Emory University. He also received a Ph.D. in English from Emory University.

Taylor has written twelve books including “The Myth of Certainty,” “Letters to My Children,” “The Skeptical Believer: Telling Stories to Your Inner Atheist,” and, most recently, a novel, “Death Comes for the Deconstructionist.” He has worked on a number of Bible translations and is a contributing editor for Books and Culture. Taylor is also the co-founder of The Legacy Center, an organization based in Minneapolis, Minn., devoted to helping individuals and organizations identify and preserve the values and stories that shaped their lives.

The events are open to the public and free of charge. The program is presented by the King Institute for Faith and Culture, and produced independently of the International Storytelling Center. 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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