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'Reformation and Jazz' Topic of Lectures at Samford

Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-10-09

“Reformation and Jazz” is the topic of this year’s Reformation Heritage Lectures sponsored by Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School Oct. 28-30.

Noted theologian and jazz musician Dr. William Edgar will lecture daily at 11 a.m. He and his jazz ensemble, “Renewal,” will present a concert Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. All events will be in Hodges Chapel at Samford, and are free and open to the public.

Dr. Edgar, professor and chairman of the apologetics department at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Penn., is uniquely qualified to examine the parallels between the emergence of the Reformation and the birth of jazz. In juxtaposing the Reformation and jazz, he will explore the relationship of Christian faith and popular culture.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Harvard University, a master of divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary and a doctor of theology from the University of Geneva.

Edgar, a jazz pianist, is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. His books include Taking Notes of Music, Reasons of the Heart and The Face of Truth: Lifting the Veil.

A discussion luncheon will follow the Wednesday lecture. Reservations are required. Cost is $6. For information call 800-888-8266 or visit the Web site at http://beeson.samford.edu.


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