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Spring 2003 | Volume 26, Number 2 | Campus
A Faith for All Seasons: Writer-in-Residence Delivers the 2003 Weter Lecture

Weter Lecture at Seattle Pacific University, titled “Christian Humanism: A Faith for All Seasons,” Writer-in-Residence Gregory Wolfe used the outbreak of the Reformation Period in the 16th century to exemplify an era of what he calls “Christian humanism,” as opposed to secular humanism. Wolfe, who is also founder and editor of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, says, “The paradoxical term Christian humanism balances faith and doubt, reason and imagination, and nature and grace.”

Responding to Wolfe’s lecture, Associate Professor of History Michael Hamilton agreed that Christian humanism is a different animal than secularism. “We need to embody the Christian faith in our daily lives, as we seek to be in this world, but not of it,” he says.

For more than 25 years, the Weter Lecture Series — established by Professor Emeritus of Biology Ross Shaw — has celebrated the liberal arts. The series was named for Winifred Weter, professor of classics at Seattle Pacific for 40 years.

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