NOTE: Professor Ahmed's poem, "What is it That I Seek," which failed to play due to technical problems at the outset of his presentation, has been edited in to this video production of his presentation.
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Aug 7 2016
Islam and the West: Promoting the Dialogue of Civilizations
The current state of relations between the West and the Muslim World is a point of vital concern and serious discussion in the public square. Ambassador Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and former Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, presents the urgent need for interfaith dialogue today, in hopes of fostering bridge-building and understanding of the “other.”
Jul 31 2016
A Christian Bank’s Challenge to Urban Poverty
Dwelling House Savings & Loan in Pittsburgh’s Hill District was a different kind of financial institution. Intentionally run on Christian principles, this bank found one successful way to address urban poverty. It represents one of the most inspiring examples of the integration of Christian faith and the competitive world of business. Robert is an ordained PC(USA) pastor and has taught for 30 years at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as in churches and even prisons. He is currently writing a book on the history and the philosophy of economics. Robert has been married to his wife for over 40 years; they have two adult children.
Jul 17 2016
"The Literary Character of Our Faith"
Christianity is a “text-based religion.” As a result, a believer’s relationship with God is remarkably literary. Presbyterians accentuate the literary character of our faith by the great authority that we grant to the Bible. This presentation focuses on the importance that Christians attach to the scriptures, from the earliest centuries into the present. Dr. Weaver is Professor Emerita of Church History, Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Jul 10 2016
Jesus’ Friends and Enemies
Sometimes Jesus seems a little unreal to us—but he lived in a period buzzing with religious, political and cultural changes, which included some who took his side, and others who opposed him. Senior Pastor Dr. David Renwick speaks at National Presbyterian Church on July 10, 2016.
Jun 26 2016
"The Bible Cause"
For 200 years the American Bible Society has influenced world history as it sought to place free copies of the Scriptures, translated into local languages, throughout the world. In the process, it has intersected with and influenced American culture. Dr. Fea is Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department, Messiah College.