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Hispanic Theologian Justo Gonzalez to Deliver Lecture on Christian Thought

March 5, 2019

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 5, 2019 — Justo González, a Cuban native who has become a leading voice in Hispanic theology, will be the guest speaker for the upcoming lecture presented by the Institute for Faith & Culture at King University.

González will speak at King Memorial Chapel at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, March 11, and again that evening at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

“No one can bring such a wealth of scholarship and learning to our theme of Remembrance and Hope as Justo González,” says Martin Dotterweich, director of the King Institute for Faith & Culture. “His ability to distill vast reading into clear and concise prose has given his books a wide readership, including in a course I am currently teaching. His lectures will bring that remarkable breadth and clarity to King and our community.”

In addition to his lectures, González will take part in the Institute’s first-ever Spanish language event, a lunch with students in the King cafeteria at 12:15. Everyone is welcome to this event, during which he will discuss his youth in Cuba and his work with Hispanic churches.

González was born in Havana and studied at the United Seminary there before becoming the youngest person ever awarded a doctorate in historical theology from Yale University. He has enjoyed a distinguished teacher career that has included faculty assignments at Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, the Candler School of Theology of Emory University, the Columbia Theology Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and the Interdenominational Theology Center in Atlanta.

Additionally, he has written more than 100 books, including several that are used in seminaries around the world. These include 2 volumes of “The Story of Christianity” and 3 volumes of “A History of Christian Thought,” which has been translated into eight languages. He has also written biblical commentaries and books that explore Christian history, Hispanic theology, and ecumenical Christianity.

González is an ordained Methodist. He helped found the Association for Hispanic Theology Education and the Hispanic Theology Initiative.

The King Institute for Faith & Culture is dedicated to discussing central issues of our time honestly, clearly and faithfully. For additional information, please email