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Columbia Announces Justo Gonzalez to Give 2012 Smyth Lectures


Preeminent historical theologian Dr. Justo Gonzalez will present the Smyth Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on October 9-11, 2012. The series of three lectures is titled “Theological Education Between Yesterday and Tomorrow”. The lectures will be offered free to the public at 10:00 am each day in the Harrington Center Chapel on the seminary campus:

  • The Ancient Church: Theological Education within a Hostile Context
  • Medieval and Reformation: Theological Education within a Supportive Context
  • Today and Tomorrow: Theological Education within a Shifting Context

A native of Cuba, Dr. Gonzalez came to the United States in 1957 where he attained numerous graduate degrees at Yale University. He later served as Professor of Historical Theology at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, Research Fellow at Yale University, Professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and Visiting Professor of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center. From 1988-1991, Dr. Gonzalez served as an adjunct professor for Columbia Theological Seminary.

Dr. Gonzalez has published 115 books in both English and Spanish, some of which have been translated into Portuguese, German and Italian. More recently, he wrote Luke (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010) and La educación ministerial ayer, hoy y mañana (Hagnos, 2012). Additionally, he has written about 1,300 articles and lessons published diversely in Together, The Methodist Story, World Call, Presbyterian Life, Encounter, Theology Today, Church History, Missiology, The Adult Leader, Lecciones Cristianas, Diccionario Ilustrado de la Biblia, and El Intérprete.

Dr. Gonzalez has also been a member of a number of ecumenical commissions and task forces at various times for the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, and the Presbyterian Church (US). Over the years, he has received numerous honors for his scholarship which recently culminated in the founding of the Justo L. González Center for Latino/a Ministries, AETH, Orlando, FL in 2011.

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, endeavors to prepare imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world. The seminary was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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