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Gordon Scholar-in-Residence Stan Gaede Assesses and Critiques Evangelicalism for Lecture Series

September 13, 2007

Ashley Hopkins
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-Gordon opens its Evangelicalism at the Crossroads Lecture Series with Stan Gaede, Ph.D., scholar-in-residence and senior advisor to the President. This lecture will be the first in a series at the College of conversations between Dr. Gaede and guest speakers throughout the academic year on the current state and future of evangelicalism.

Gaede's first lecture will focus on evangelicalism's success, both in terms of numbers and influence. He believes, however, that growing evidence exists indicating that evangelicals are increasingly uneasy about the nature of this success, along with how it is perceived in the larger culture. Gaede plans to address this matter, as well as the underlying theological and cultural issues that have brought this about.

"The evangelical movement is at a crossroads on some very significant issues, making choices that will have an impact on the church for years to come," says Gaede. In reference to such choices, Gaede adds, "they will not only define the future of evangelicalism, they will determine the faithfulness of its cause."

Gaede served as president of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, from 2001-2006. His administrative record at Westmont also includes the titles of Provost and Academic Dean. Prior to his time at Westmont, Gaede held various leadership positions at Gordon, including Provost, Dean of Students, Department Chair and professor of sociology. Gordon College proudly welcomed him back to its community in 2006 as its scholar-in-residence.

Stan Gaede is also known for his many books and scholarly articles. His two most recent books are An Incomplete Guide to the Rest of Your Life (2002) and When Tolerance Is No Virtue (1995).

WHAT: Stan Gaede will present the first lecture of Gordon's Evangelicalism at the Crossroads Lecture Series with an assessment and critique of evangelicalism.

WHERE: The reception will take place in the Jenks Library Mezzanine and the discussion will be held in the Jenks Library Auditorium (room 406), Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Rd., Wenham, MA.

WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 2007. The reception begins at 4 p.m. and the lecture follows at 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon College, which is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. For more information contact Ashley Hopkins at 978-867-4569 or .

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