CU to host noted theologian

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By The Staff

Dr. William Brackney, distinguished professor of Christian theology and ethics at Acadia Divinity College in Canada, will be the Baptist Heritage Series lecturer at Campbellsville University on Monday, March 3.

Brackney's address is at 7 p.m. in the classroom of Ransdell Chapel. His topic is "Tradition is Not All Bad, Even for Baptists!" The public is invited to his presentation.

Brackney will also be appearing on a Dialogue on Public Issues broadcast that is shown on CU's TV 4/Cable Channel 10.

"We are honored and thrilled to have Dr. Brackney visit our campus," said John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University.

"Dr. Brackney is one of the leading Baptist historians of this era. He is a highly commended and sought after lecturer, and he will provide insight that will be very interesting. We invite everyone to attend this very informative session."

Brackney has served at Acadia since July 2006. Previously, Brackney taught at Houghton College, Colgate Rochester Divinity School and Eastern Baptist Seminary where he held the chair in the history of Christianity that his mentor, Norman H. Maring, had occupied.

Brackney was vice president and dean at Eastern, later becoming the principal of McMaster Divinity College in 1988. In 2000, Brackney became the chair of the department of religion at Baylor University and an adjunct faculty member of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor.

For many years, Brackney has been a student of post-Reformation Protestant Thought, including the life and thought of the Baptists and the Radical Reformation. Brackney has also done major work in the area of human rights and global ethics from a Free Church perspective, producing the five volume Human Rights and the World's Major Religions.

In Canada he has served on the national boards of the Canadian Council of Churches, the Church's Council on Theological Education, the Canadian Bible Society and InterVarsity Canada. He is an ordained Baptist minister who frequently serves in pastoral ministry, most recently, the Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Falls County, Texas, fifth oldest in the state.

Brackney is married to Kathryn, an artist. They have two sons and a daughter and reside in the historic Gaspereau Valley.

For more information about Brackney's address, contact Chowning at jechowning@campbellsville.edu or at 789-5520.