Announcing the A. O. Collins Lecture, Fall 2014

Who: Mark Lanier

Title: “Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith”

When: November 6, 2014 7.00-8.30 pm

Where: Belin Chapel, Houston Baptist University

Free and open to the public


Who is Mark Lanier?

Mark Lanier is a trial lawyer and founder of the Lanier Law Firm. U. S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers named him to its Best Lawyers in America list for nine consecutive years and as the 2013 Top Class Action Attorney in America.  His courtroom work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and he is a frequent guest on CNBC and Fox Business News.  He is the founder of the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, TX, and he teaches biblical literacy at Champion Forest Baptist Church. Mark Lanier

What Others are Saying about the Book . . .

Alister McGrath calls Mark’s book: “A witty, well­­-paced and thoroughly engaging account of the place of evidence in the courtroom and in life.  Mark Lanier makes a powerful case for the trustworthiness and reasonableness of the Christian faith.”

David B. Capes says: “Historians, scientists and lawyers are after the same thing: to discover what really happened.  Mark Lanier, one of America’s best lawyers, introduces us to history’s expert witnesses regarding our most profound questions and tells a convincing story sure to convince any jury.”


The A. O. Collins Lecture Series

The A. O. Collins lectures began in 1993 with the goal of bringing recognized scholars to address the university community in current trends in theology, religious studies and philosophy.  The series is named for Dr. A. O. Collins who chaired HBU’s Department of Christianity and Philosophy until his retirement in 1990. Over the last two decades, due to the generosity of former students and friends of the university, top scholars from around the world have lectured on our campus on a wide range of topics on religion and philosophy.

Some of our past lecturers have included:

Dr. Richard Hays, Duke Divinity School
Dr. James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
Dr. Charles Talbert, Baylor University
Dr. Ellen T. Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory University
Dr. Alan Segal, Barnard College, Columbia University
Dr. Samuel Proctor, Duke University
Dr. John Howard Yoder, University of Notre Dame
Dr. James W. McClendon, Jr., Fuller Theological Seminary
Dr. Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary’s Seminary
Dr. Larry Hurtado, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University
Dr. Craig Evans, Acadia Divinity College
Dr. Richard Bauckham, St. Andrews University.

Please join us for this lecture.  It is an important event for our campus and community.  Should you have questions, please contact the acting chair of the Department of Theology, Dr. Ben Blackwell, at 281-649-3000.

Christianity on Trial

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