2017 Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series

The Witness of Four Reformers

March 14 - 15 | RTS Orlando Pamplin Chapel | 11:00a - 12:00n & 1:00 - 2:00p both days


Timothy George, Th.D.

Dean and Professor of Divinity
A.B., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
M.Div., Harvard Divinity School
Th.D., Harvard University

Dr. Timothy George has been the dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University since its inception in 1988.  Trained in theology and church history at Harvard University, he is the author of more than twenty books, including Theology of the Reformers, John Calvin and the Church, and Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?  He also serves as the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a twenty-eight volume series of sixteenth-century exegetical comment.  He serves on the editorial advisory boards of First Things, Christianity Today, and Books & Culture.  He is a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College.  An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, he has served on the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, and has chaired the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.  He is married to Denise Wyse George, a well-known author, and they have two adult children, Christian and Alyce.

Description of the Lectures

The Protestant Reformation was a movement of spiritual and ecclesial renewal that took place among Christians in the West during the sixteenth century.  The Reformation was also a revolution in the original sense of that word: the return of an object to its point of origin.  Ad fontes!—back to the sources—was common to the Reformation in all of its major expressions.  Both the unity and the diversity of the Reformation as a movement of renewal are best seen through the personal stories of those who led the movement.  In this lecture series, we focus on four major characters, each with a legacy that continues to shape the heritage of the Reformation 500 years after the event:  Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and William Tyndale. 

LECTURE 1 - Erasmus: Philosophia Christi in a Vanishing Golden Age
Tuesday, March 14 at 11:00am

LECTURE 2 - Luther at the Lectern: Reading Romans, Finding Grace
Tuesday, March 14 at 1:00pm

LECTURE 3 - Suddenly Calvin: Reformer on the Boundary
Wednesday, March 15 at 11:00am

LECTURE 4 - If God Spare My Life: William Tyndale and the Making of the English Bible
Wednesday, March 15 at 1:00pm

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Invitation from Our Academic Dean


 Dr. Michael Allen
Academic Dean, RTS/O

 We are delighted to welcome Dr. Timothy George to RTS Orlando to deliver the 2017 Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series. In his well-regarded writings, his extensive editorial service, and his work for almost thirty years now as Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Dr. George has heralded the significance of the Protestant Reformation for Christians and churches today. Helping us look back upon the beginnings of that great event 500 years ago, he will address the topic “Retrieval for the Sake of Renewal: The Witness of Four Reformers.” As he engages with the reforming witness of Erasmus, Luther, Calvin, and Tyndale, we look forward to his insights on how we might more faithfully devote ourselves to the ministry of God’s Word today.

Please join us as we engage these significant figures. The lectures are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you.

THE KISTEMAKER LECTURE SERIES (KALS) are named in honor of New Testament Professor Emeritus Simon J. Kistemaker, Ph.D. These annual lectures offer scholarly insight into diverse topics in Biblical and theological studies as well as practical theology.

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