The Pellett-Wearn Lecture Series Presents
Let All Creation Sing:
A Christian Perpective
with Dr. Robert A. Bryant on Sundays at 10:00 am
September 26 - October 31, 2021
About Dr. Robert A. Bryant
Dr. Robert A. Bryant is the Kristen Herrington Professor of Bible at Presbyterian College, where he also serves as the Director of the Cornelson Institute of Christian Practice and Vocation. His early love of nature and people led him to Virginia Tech where he earned a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation. After managing camps in North Carolina and Louisiana, he received his M.Div. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Union Presbyterian Seminary and, in 1998, joined PC’s Department of Religion and Philosophy. He teaches General Education courses in Religious Texts and Traditions as well as Religion and Human Experience. Along with teaching upper-level bible courses and Greek, he supports both the college’s Environmental Studies Program with courses on “Ecology and Religion” and “Wilderness” and the Women and Gender Studies Program with a course on women and the Bible. He has served three terms as department chair, been a Visiting Scholar for Duke University, received PC’s Faculty Scholarship Award and its Professor of the Year Award, as well as the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Teaching Excellence Award, is an adjunct faculty member of the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies, and twice received a German Academic Exchange Fellowship to teach as a Visiting Professor of Religion at the University of Education in Karlsruhe, Germany. His dissertation, The Risen Crucified Christ in Galatians, was published by the Society of Biblical Literature as 2001’s exemplary dissertation in New Testament Studies, and his work in rhetorical studies is included in the Handbook of Biblical Criticism. He has also authored The Gospel of Matthew: God With Us and First Corinthians: One In Christ, plus numerous articles, and is a frequent lecturer. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Bryant has served churches as Pastor and Supply Pastor in the Synods of the South Atlantic (South Carolina and Georgia) and the Mid-Atlantic (North Carolina and Virginia). He also teaches for lay schools of theology in a number of presbyteries and contributes to the development of Christian Education curricula. He is an avid outdoorsman and serves on the Board of Directors of the Laurens County Trails Association. He and his wife Leigh Ann live in Clinton, SC, and have two adult children, Stephen and Susannah.
Lecture & Schedule
How should Christians relate to creation? We are not of one mind; in fact, few topics are as polarizing. Some Christians believe that the Earth is God’s gift to humankind and foremost for human benefit. Other Christians believe that humankind is responsible for serving and protecting God’s creation so that every neighboring kind of life flourishes. Still, others hold views in-between. Complicating matters further, Christianity is criticized for promoting the Earth’s ecological degradation and for being too other-worldly focused to care for this world. The church’s double-mindedness depends on many factors, such as what Christians learn from the families, churches, communities, and nations to which they belong, but it stems especially from how the Bible is read and understood.
In this series of lectures, we will consider a range of biblical texts to see what the Bible has to offer for unifying a divided church’s relation with God’s creation. At stake is nothing less than the church’s witness to the gospel of the living God revealed in Jesus Christ who created all things, who gave and is giving the divine self to save the whole world, and who empowers people to care in God’s own life-giving way.
Lecture 1 – Care and the Christian Life: A Brief Biblical History
Lecture 2 – God’s Glorious Earth
Lecture 3 – Our Cosmic Home
Lecture 4 – The Plundered Planet
Lecture 5 – A Global Sanctuary
Lecture 6 – Serving and Preserving Together