Religious scholar to give free talk on campus

A leading expert on the foundations of the Bible and Christianity will give a free talk at St. Scholastica at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Mitchell Auditorium.

John Dominic Crossan is a professor emeritus in the Department of Religious Studies at Chicago's DePaul University. His talk is part of the Francis X. Shea Memorial Lecture and is titled "How to read the Bible and still be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis through Revelation."

The talk will address a topic that often comes up in theological debate: If, from Genesis to Revelation, the Christian God is violent, how can the nonviolent Jesus be the image and revelation of a violent God?

"It's a topic that people are interested in as far as the Bible is concerned," said Bill Campbell, assistant professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Scholastica. "People oftentimes struggle or have trouble with the passages where God is violent."

Crossan is one of the foremost New Testament scholars and historians of early Christianity in the world today.

"He's one of the top New Testament scholars in the world. He's had a tremendous influence on New Testament studies," Campbell said.

Crossan has authored or coauthored more than 30 books, several of which have been national religious bestsellers, and his books have been translated into 13 foreign languages.

The talk is free and open to the public, and Crossan will be available for a book signing afterwards.