2011: Words of Delight

The King James Bible and Bible as Literature

The 2011 Writing and Literature Conference celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. 

Jointly sponsored by the Departments of English and Biblical and Theological Studies of Wheaton College, the "Words of Delight" conference brought together theologians, literary scholars, and historians to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible.  The event was also in honor of Dr. Leland Ryken, English Professor Emeritus, who, for many years, has taught and written on the Bible as literature.

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Leland Ryken - Wheaton College

Leland Ryken is a professor of English at Wheaton College, having taught there for over forty years. He is notably the editor of the comprehensive volume on Christian writing on literature, The Christian Imagination. He additionally served as the literary stylist for the English Standard Version of the Bible, published by Crossway Bibles. He has published over thirty books in the course of his prolific career.

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Jeffrey Barbeau - Wheaton College

Jeffrey Barbeau is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College. His teaching and writing emerge from the intersection of theology, literature, and history with a focus on British Romanticism, theology and literature, the nineteenth century, Methodist history, and Wesleyan theology. His latest published work is an intellectual biography of Sara Coleridge, Sara Coleridge: Her Life and Thought (2014).

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Alister McGrath - University of Oxford

Alister McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian. He has long been a professor at the University of Oxford and currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion. He has additionally served as Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King’s College London and as Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture. As well as being largely noted for his work in historical theology, systematic theology, and the relationship between science and religion, he is an ordained Anglican priest within the Church of England.

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David Lyle Jeffrey - Baylor University

David Lyle Jeffrey has been Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor University since 2000 and has additionally served as Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Ottawa and Guest Professor at Peking University, Beijing. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and was chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2003. He is known primarily as a medievalist and scholar of biblical tradition in Western literature and art.

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Mark Noll - University of Notre Dame

Mark Noll serves as the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. His research concerns chiefly the history of Christianity in the United States and Canada, and his teaching includes the Civil War era, Canadian history, and the recent world history of Christianity. His recent works include Protestantism—A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2011) and The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith (IVP, 2009).

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A.E. Elmore - Athens State University

A. E. Elmore is a professor of English and Law at Athens State University in Alabama. He has contributed essays to numerous books and is known for his own book, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which endeavors to comprehensively analyze the religious language of the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s effort to infuse the address with both traditional and classical language.

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Craig Mattson - Trinity Christian College

Craig Mattson is Professor of Communication Arts and Honors Program Director at Trinity Christian College. After working for 14 years in radio broadcasting, he began teaching with a focus on the fundamentals of human communication, public speaking, communication theory, rhetorical criticism, and persuasive speaking. His teaching additionally emphasizes elements of performance art, and his own performances include two original one-man shows based on the lives of Martin Luther and Oswald Chambers.

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