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Geneva Lecture

Geneva Lecture Philosophy

The Geneva Lecture serves the Queen's University community with the original idea of the university--the gift of Christian scholarship. "For Christians thinking is part of believing." St. Augustine wrote: "not everyone who thinks believes, since many think in order not to believe; but everyone who believes thinks, thinks in believing and believes in thinking."

Since 1992 outstanding Christian scholars have come as our guests to speak on campus from varied disciplines(see list), but informed by that same faith that seeks understanding.

The goal of the Geneva Lecture is to offer our campus an engaging Christian academic perspective in an area relevant to our university culture. We invite you to join us as we engage our minds and our souls.


Dr. Andy Bannister
Tuesday September 30, 2014
Bio Science Complex Queen's University

Join us as as Dr. Andy Bannister offers a fresh and inspiring perspective on how we can find hope in today's world.

Dr. Andy Bannister is the Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM Canada. He speaks and teaches regularly throughout Canada, the USA, Europe and the wider world. From churches to universities, business forums to TV and radio, Andy regularly addresses audience of both Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies, a topic on which he has taught extensively, especially since 9/11 and the huge interest that was sparked in the subject by the events of that day. He has spoken and taught at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology. Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur'an, a groundbreaking and innovative study that reveals many of the ways the Qur'an was first composed. With a background in youth ministry before studying theology and philosophy (focussing especially on Islam), Andy was previously based in Oxford, from where he worked with churches and organisations across the denominational spectrum. When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He lives in Toronto and is married to Astrid and they have one daughter, Caitriona.

Previous Geneva Lectures

2013 Ian Barns, Murdoch University, Sustainability and the Good Life
2013 Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson, Hobbitted - A Mythopoeic Journey
2011 Bob Goudzwaard, Free University of Amsterdam, Peeling the Onion - World Problems and their Deeper Dimensions
2010 James K.A. Smith, Calvin College, Postmodernity and the Future of God
2009 John G. Stackhouse Jr., Regent College, Does God Care about Darfur: An Honest Look at the Problem of Evil
2008 James C. Peterson, McMaster University, Changing Nature: a Theological Ethics Perspective
2005 John Witte, Jr., Law, Emory University, Challenging Neighbors: Christianity and Human Rights
2003 Elaine Storkey, Sociology, Oxford, The Origins of Difference: The Gender Debate Revisited
2002 Merold Westphal, Philosophy, Fordham U., The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism
2001 Barry Moser, Art, Devils and Angels: Illustrating the King James' Bible
2000 Loren Wilkinson, Environmental Science, Regent College, Valuing the Earth: Environmental Ethics and the Religious Nature of Science
1999 Susan Gallagher, English, Seattle Pacific U., The Rhetoric of Confession: The Case of South Africa
1998 Gerald Gabrielse, Physics, Harvard, Antimatter in the Hands of Job's God
1996 Mark Noll, History, Wheaton College, Christian Thinking in the Modern University
1994 David Ley, Geography, U. of British Columbia, What is Truth: Christian Faith and the Social Sciences
1993 Paul Marshall, Political Science, Institute of Christian Studies, Human Rights as a Source of Injustice
1992 Nicholas Wolterstorff, Philosophy, Yale, Inaugural Lecture: The Rise and Demise of the Enlightenment Consensus: What Does a Christian Scholar Do Now?

Another Special Lecture:
October 2004: Jean Vanier, Drawn Into the Mystery of Jesus
sponsored jointly by Geneva Fellowship, Newman House, and St. James Anglican Church

Do you have suggestions for topics or speakers? We would love to hear your recommendations.

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