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The Sider Institute to Host Annual Schrag Lecture March 17

January 29th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Jan. 29, 2016) — The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies will hold its annual Schrag Lectures on March 17 at Messiah College. This year’s lecturer is Dr. Molly Worthen. She will deliver a lecture “The Curious History of the Christian Worldview: Theological Origins of the Culture Wars,” which will draw from her recent book, “Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism.” It will consider the role of Anabaptists and Wesleyans in the evangelical movement in the years after World War II. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Parmer Hall in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Admission is free; no ticket is required. For more information, contact Devin Manzullo-Thomas at

About the Sider Institute

The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies promotes the exploration and interpretation of Anabaptism, Pietism and Wesleyanism—the theological traditions that shape the “personality” of the Brethren in Christ Church, the founding denomination of Messiah College, and that inform the College’s educational mission today.

About Dr. Molly Worthen

Dr. Worthen is assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on North American religious and intellectual history, particularly the ideas and culture of conservative Christianity. Her book “Apostles of Reason” has been favorably reviewed in a variety of publications, including the New York Times. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and has also written about religion and politics for Slate, the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy and other publications.
About Messiah College

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.

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