News Release:

Mar. 10,  2010

Steinmetz to highlight Reformation themes in McDonald Lectures

Dr. David C. Steinmetz, the 2010 McDonald distinguished visiting professor at Emory University, will deliver this year's McDonald Lectures on March 17 and April 7 at 4:30 p.m. at Candler School of Theology on Emory's campus. A distinguished scholar of medieval and Reformation theology, Steinmetz will address Reformation themes in the two public lectures: "Martin Luther and the Domestication of Prophecy" on March 17 and "John Calvin and the Impotent God" on April 7. The lectures will be published in 2011 by Oxford University Press in Steinmetz's new book, Taking the Long View.

Steinmetz taught for nearly 40 years at the Divinity School of Duke University in Durham, NC, and as a visiting professor at Harvard and Notre Dame. He is the founding editor of Oxford Studies in Historical Theology and has written numerous books and articles in late medieval and Reformation theology and pioneering studies in the history of biblical interpretation in early modern Europe. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2010 received the Distinguished Career Award of the American Society of Church History.

The Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair in the Study of Jesus and Culture was established at Emory in 1998 by the McDonald Agape Foundation, chaired by Alonzo L. McDonald, a longtime trustee of Emory. The McDonald Agape Foundation "supports lectures and other public presentations that deal creatively and imaginatively with the person and teachings of Jesus as they shape and form culture." The foundation has established McDonald chairs at Emory and at Harvard University.

Past holders of the McDonald chair include historian Jaroslav Pelikan; Judge John T. Noonan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; composer Alice Parker; art historian Herbert Kessler; and author, historian and documentary filmmaker Randall Balmer, among others.