Lecture Series

All lectures are free and open to the public.

"The King James Bible and Anglican Church Music" - Dr. Alan Kimbrough

University of Dayton Professor of English Dr. Alan Kimbrough received his doctorate in English from Brown University. He has been a UD faculty member since 1969. Dr. Kimbrough’s research interests include Shakespeare, Milton, and 17th-century English poetry.

Sunday, September 9, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University of Dayton, Roesch Library Conference Room 205 - Second floor
Light refreshments will be served.

'Grounded vpon the plaine words of the Scripture' : History and the Authorized King James Version - Dr. Laura Hume

The masterpiece of Jacobean prose known as the Authorized King James Version of the Bible was not just a product of happenstance, but rather was situated in multiple historical currents. This talk will explain some of these currents and show how the KJV was connected to them. Dr. Laura Hume is the Director of the Prelaw Program at the University of Dayton.

Friday, September 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
University of Dayton, Roesch Library - LTC Forum (Ground Floor)

"Catholics, Protestants, and Bibles in the Early Modern English-Speaking World" - Dr. Michael S. Carter

The publication of the King James Bible occurred within a fascinatingly complex context of early modern European politics and religion, much of which is largely unappreciated today. This lecture compares the King James version with others of the same period, and explores the complex web of its political and cultural significance.

Dr. Michael S. Carter is Associate Professor of History at University of Dayton. Dr. Carter earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and is a former research fellow of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in early modern print culture and religion.

Wednesday, September 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
University of Dayton, Roesch Library - LTC Forum (Ground Floor)

"Knowing what We Know to be True is Really True:" Biblical Inerrancy, the King James Version, and American Evangelicalism in 20th/21st Century America - Dr. William Trollinger

Over the past century Biblical inerrancy – the notion that the Bible is literally true, without error – has served as the doctrinal touchstone for American fundamentalists and evangelicals in their campaign against less “truly Christian” forms of Protestantism. The standard argument has been that while the Bible is inerrant only in the “original autographs” that no longer exist, the translations that have come down to us today are very, very close to the original documents – and for many conservative Protestants in the 20th and 21st centuries, the translation closest to the original documents has been the King James Version. But since the 1930s a subset of these fundamentalists and evangelicals have gone further, to argue that the KJV is the “providentially preserved” inerrant Bible. This talk will examine the place of the King James Version in conservative Protestantism over the past century, with special attention to the “King James Only” movement and what it reveals about authority and truth in American evangelicalism. Dr. William Trollinger is Professor of History and Religious Studies at University of Dayton.

Thursday, September 13,  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
University of Dayton, Roesch Library - LTC Forum (Ground Floor)