Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Rev. Dr. J. Deotis Roberts to Speak At Simmons College of KY May 17th, 7:00 PM

J. Deotis Roberts is Founder and President of the J. Deotis Roberts Research Library and Institute. Author of more than fourteen books and over a hundred scholarly articles, Roberts is regarded as one of the most prominent theologians in the world. Known as one of the founders of the Black Theology movement, Professor Roberts complete his Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology from the University of Edinburgh, who later awarded him the D.Litt. degree. After his marriage to Elizabeth Caldwell of Landis, North Carolina, Dr. Roberts shortly thereafter was called to teach theology at the Howard University Divinity School in Washington, D.C. where he taught for many years.

Because of the tumultuous climate of the Black Power movement and student activism on Howard University’s campus, Roberts became actively engaged in the intersection between the question of Black liberation and classical theological notions of forgiveness and reconciliation. These reflections gave rise to his groundbreaking book, Liberation and Reconciliation, in 1971. Throughout his career, Dr. Roberts has taught at colleges, seminaries and universities across the country and internationally, including the Howard Divinity School, Yale University, Duke University, Eastern Baptist Seminary and Palmer Theological Seminary. He is also former president of the highly regarded American Theological Association and past president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia; and founder of the Foundation for Religious and Educational Exchange, Inc.

Reconciliation and dialogue have been the two abiding themes of Professor Roberts lengthy and distinguished career as theologian, minister, peacemaker, and activist. The recent author of Bonhoeffer and King: Speaking Truth to Power, Dr. Roberts is also father of three wonderful daughters (Charmaine, Carlita and Kristina), and son (the late J. Deotis Roberts, Jr.). His autobiography, Seasons of Life, will be released this summer.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!


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