Next Wednesday evening:
Professor Mark Chancey of Southern Methodist University will deliver the final lecture of the 2016 Lennox Seminar Series at Trinity University.
Title: "The Constitutional Conundrum of Teaching 'Bible History' in American Public Schools."
Description: When public schools teach about the Bible, they often frame the subject matter as "Bible History." In doing so, they are definitely favoring conceptualizations rooted in very particular theological commitments. This approach has a long history, going back to the early 20th century. Courts prohibit it, but many courses do it. The courts' prohibition to not favor or disfavor particular religious viewpoints puts teachers in a pedagogical and constitutional Catch 22. How does one talk academically about material that makes historical claims without slighting one religious viewpoint or another?
The lecture will take place in the Fiesta Room on Trinity University’s campus, and is FREE and open to the public.