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The McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures

The McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures on Christian Scholarship is a five-year series of lectures running from 2013 to 2018, hosted by the McDonald Agape Foundation and CSLR.

2018: Is Religious Freedom Under Threat?

Alonzo McDonald: Welcome message

Mary Ann Glendon: Is Religious Freedom Under Threat?

Sir Mark Hedley: Reflections on Religious Liberty from the Judicial Bench

Mark Hill, QC, and John Witte, Jr.: Historical Hinterlands: United Kingdom and the United States

Norman Doe and Richard Garnett: Religious Freedom and the Churches in the 21st Century

Roger Trigg and Francis Beckwith: Freedom - of Conscious or Religion?

Julian Rivers and Kathleen Brady: Religious Freedom Versus Equality Law?

Nigel Biggar and Cécile Laborde: Religious Establishment: Can It Be Liberal Enough?

McDonald 2018: Closing Panel Discussion

2017: The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation: An International Conference

Wolfgang Huber: Worldly Worship: Reformation and Economic Ethics

Michael Welker: The European Reformation: Advocacy of Education and Liberation

Timothy Albrecht: Organ Concert on Johann Sebastian Bach

The Enduring Lessons of the Protestant Reformation

Wolfgang Huber, Michael Welker, and Jeremy Begbie sit on this panel, moderated by Frank Alexander.

John Witte, Jr.: Freedom of a Christian: Luther's Contribution to Law, Liberty, and Dignity

Mia Korpiola: The Reformation of Family Law in Sweden: Continuity and Change

Jonathan Walton: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Consumption

Margot Käßmann: The Challenges of 16th Century Europe and our Global Challenges Today

2016: Christianity and Human Flourishing: The Role of Law and Politics

David Hempton, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity and Dean of Harvard Divinity School, and Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, delivered these plenary lectures.

2015: What Does Christian Theology Offer the World of Law?

Richard Hays, Dean and George Washinton Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, and Michael Welker, Senior Professor of Systematic Theology and executive director at the Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, delivered these plenary lectures.

2014: Christianity and Human Rights

Stanley Hauerwas: What's Wrong with Rights? Christian Perspectives Pro and Con

Nigel Biggar: Imprudent Jurisprudence? Human Rights and Moral Contingency

Robert Franklin: Do We Still Believe in Redemption? Restoring the Rights of the Incarcerated Masses

Jean Porter: The Catholic Foundations of Human Rights

F. Russell Hittinger: The Dignity of the Search for God

Helene Alvaré: Fraught Encounters: Religious Freedom, Women's Rights, and Sexual Expression

John Witte, Jr: The Challenges of Christianity and Human Rights

Earlier McDonald Lectures

Michael Welker: The Power of Mercy in Biblical Law

Luke Timothy Johnson: Jesus and the Law of Marriage and Divorce

Nicholas Woltersdorff: Speaking Up for Rights

John Witte, Jr.: The Separation of Church and State: There Is No Wall