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December 14, 2011

Jean Bethke Elshtain, Charles Marsh to Keynote 21st Annual Wheaton Theology Conference

The Wheaton College Biblical and Theological Studies department will present the 21st annual Wheaton Theology Conference April 12-13. The topic of the conference is “Bonhoeffer, Christ, and Culture.” Conference participants will explore Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s thought and ministry, focusing particularly on his views of Jesus Christ, the Christian community, and the Church’s engagement with culture. The conference is co-sponsored with InterVarsity Press.

Keynote speaker Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, Divinity School, The University of Chicago, and holder of the Leavey Chair in the Foundations of American Freedom, Georgetown University. Elshtain’s books include: Democracy on Trial; Augustine and the Limits of Politics; Who are We? Critical Reflections, Hopeful Possibilities; and Sovereignty: God, State, and Self. She lectures internationally on themes of democracy, ethics, religion, politics, and international relations.

Charles Marsh is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of The Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Promise of His Theology; God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights; Wayward Christian Soldiers: Freeing the Gospel from Political Captivity; and Welcoming Justice: God's Movement Toward Beloved Community (with John M. Perkins). Marsh is currently writing Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, to be published by Knopf (New York) and Ullstein (Berlin).

The lineup of speakers also includes Lori Brandt Hale, Joel Lawrence, Stephen Plant, Reggie Williams, and Philip Ziegler.

For more information about the conference and speakers, or to register, visit the Theology Conference website.