|Theologian examines political scene through religion lens|
The University Program Council (UPC) will sponsor a free political lecture by Obrey Hendricks Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Hendricks will examine the current political scene through the lens of religion by discussing his book, "The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teaching and How They Have Been Corrupted." In "The Politics of Jesus," Hendricks examines the inherent contradictions that exist at intersection of politics and religion in society, and asserts that Jesus’ politics were not those of the religious leaders and politicians who claim to espouse them today.
Crucial questions that Hendricks addresses include: Why couldn't Jesus get elected in today’s political climate? Are politics and religion compatible? Do large corporations love their neighbors as themselves? Why do “politicians of faith” abuse the “faith” they preach? Does religion have a role in public policy? Are gay marriage, abortion and stem cell research political or religious issues?
A former Wall Street investment executive and past president of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest African American theological seminary in the United States, Hendricks is currently professor of biblical interpretation at New York Theological Seminary. He holds the Master of Divinity with academic honors from Princeton Theological Seminary, and both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Religions of Late Antiquity from Princeton University. He is a principal commentator in The Oxford Annotated Bible, one of the most widely used academic study Bibles in the English-speaking world, and a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion. Hendricks is a widely sought after speaker, lecturer and media commentator.
The event is free and students, faculty, staff are encouraged to attend. The public is also invited. Please call Linda Rains, UPC advisor, at 777-4076 for more information.