Fairchild to present annual faculty lecture

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2006-01-30
Huntington, Ind.—Dr. Mark Fairchild will deliver the annual Huntington University faculty lecture on Thursday, February 2, 2006, at 7 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.


Dr. Mark Fairchild
Fairchild, professor of Bible and religion, will present “Skeletons in the Closet: Modern Scholarship and the Apostle Paul’s Ignominious Past.” Fairchild was awarded the annual honor after a competitive review process. The public is invited to attend this free lecture.

Fairchild will explore two profound experiences from Paul’s unseemly past that greatly impacted his life and theology—enslavement during the Roman conquest and his participation in a radical Jewish zealot group that advocated violence.

“After his conversion to Christianity, Paul renounced violence, but these early experiences conditioned his theology and are reflected in the letters he wrote to other Christians,” Fairchild said. “More than any other New Testament writer, Paul’s thought revolved around the metaphor of slavery to sin, and freedom in Christ.”

During this past January term, Fairchild led Huntington University students on a trip to Israel and Egypt. Fairchild has served on the University’s faculty since 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Science in biology (genetics) from Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and theology from Toccoa Falls College (Ga.), a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies (Specialized Curriculum) from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. in New Testament from Drew University.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and in 2004 was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.  
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