Outside of time in class today and study, NOBTS students have two events today to look forward to and participate in. First up is a time of worship at 11 a.m. this morning, featuring Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore.
Moore has headed the ERLC, the Southern Baptist Convention’s leading voice on public policy and religious liberty, since 2013. Prior to his election, Moore served as provost and dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., where he also taught theology and ethics.
Later tonight, the seminary’s Institute for Faith and the Public Square will host a conference titled “Challenges to Religious Liberty.” The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Leavell Center. Moore will speak on “challenges to the church.” Mathew Staver, director of Liberty University’s Center for Law and Policy and dean of Liberty’s Law School, will address “challenges in counseling,” and political scientist Carol Swain will speak on “challenges in education.”
“The traditional understanding of religious liberty is being recast as toleration of religious people, as long as they keep their ideas inside the church,” said Lloyd Harsch, professor at NOBTS and director of the Institute for Faith and the Public Square. “Our hope is to highlight issues that Christians are, or could be, facing as people of faith interact with the public square and what is the best strategy in meeting those challenges.”
The “Challenges to Religious Liberty” conference is free and open to the public.