Published on March 11th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Guns, Violence, and Fear: A Theological Response to the Idolatry of Security

Pictured Dr. Scott Bader-Saye, Professor of Christian Ethics to speak at LTSS

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As part of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s 2014-15 Institute for Faith and Learning Speaker Series, the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) in Columbia will welcome Scott Bader-Saye to campus on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. in Stavros Lecture Hall. This event is being co-sponsored by the seminary’s Academy of Faith and Leadership and The Phillip N. Knutson Endowment. Dr. Bader-Saye will also speak at LR’s Hickory campus the same day at 7:00 p.m. in Grace Chapel, and on the previous evening – Wednesday, March 25 – at 7:00 p.m. at LR’s Center for Graduate Studies in Asheville.

Dr. Bader-Saye’s presentation is entitled, “Guns, Violence, and Fear: A Theological Response to the Idolatry of Security.” The news cycle provides a shopping list of things to fear. But what does this constant diet of fear do to our moral sensibilities? How can we distinguish fear-mongering from true danger? In a time when fear can easily be manipulated for economic, religious, or political gain, individuals and communities too often turn security into an idol that leaves little room for risky ventures of goodness or love. In his talk, Dr. Bader-Saye will address the ways communities of faith can embody alternatives to the fear-driven, risk-averse moral and political climate of the day.
Dr. Bader-Saye serves as Academic Dean and holds the Helen and Everett H. Jones Chair in Christian Ethics and Moral Theology at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. He joined the faculty in 2009 after teaching for twelve years at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit university in Pennsylvania. His academic interests include economy, ecology, political theology, virtue ethics, and interfaith dialogue.

Dr. Bader-Saye is the author of two books, “Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear” and “Church and Israel After Christendom: The Politics of Election.” He has contributed chapters to The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics and The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels, as well as having published articles in journals such as The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Modern Theology, Studies in Christian Ethics, Pro Ecclesia, Cross Currents and Christian Century.

Events are open to the public, and free for all guests. Due to limited seating at the LTSS lecture hall, reservations are requested and can be made online at http://www.scottbadersaye.eventbrite.com or by calling (803) 461-3217. No tickets or reservations are required for the Hickory or Asheville events.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich “a culture of the intellect” that is theologically based. Its programs are directed at Christians of all traditions. For more information, visit ifl.lr.edu.

The LTSS Academy of Faith and Leadership endeavors to equip the people of God to join God’s work in the world through a variety of programming including lectures, workshops, retreats, and certificate programs. For more information, visit www.ltss.lr.edu/AFL.

About LTSS: Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary was established in 1830 to train ministers and impart Christian education for Lutheran churches in the South. The seminary is situated on a 17-acre campus on North Main Street in Columbia, S.C. Areas of study include sacred theology, religion, divinity, and ministry. LTSS’s programs draw an ecumenical mix of students preparing for pastoral roles in Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, and Episcopal congregations, as well as military chaplaincy. The seminary is the cornerstone of the School of Theology of Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Lutheran liberal arts university based in Hickory, N.C. with campuses in Hickory, Columbia, and Asheville, N.C.


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