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Philosophy professor to present series of lectures at local church

Beginning in March, Dr. Bert Randall, professor of philosophy, will lead a series of seven lectures at Madison Street United Methodist Church, examining the Beatitudes, also known as the Sermon on the Mount.

The lectures are based on research from his latest book, Strangers on the Shore: The Beatitudes in World Religions, written to encourage respect for all belief systems by exploring the spiritual virtues shared by the worlds great religions.
Beginning in March, Dr. Bert Randall, professor of philosophy, will lead a series of seven lectures at Madison Street United Methodist Church, examining the Beatitudes, also known as the Sermon on the Mount.

The lectures are based on research from his latest book, “Strangers on the Shore: The Beatitudes in World Religions,” written to encourage respect for all belief systems by exploring the spiritual virtues shared by the world's great religions.

The lecture series are from 6-7 p.m., March 14, 21 and 28, April 11, 18 and 25 and May 2 at the church, located at 319 Madison St. There is no cost to attend the presentations.

Randall is on sabbatical this semester to finish writing a book, “The ‘It's in the Book Game': Making Idols of Scripture -- The Spiritual, Moral and Logical Dangers of Inerrancy and Literalism,” exploring the dangers and potential for violence in the scriptural doctrines of inerrancy and literalism.

The new book will be a follow-up to “Strangers on the Shore.”

Randall, for more than 30 years, has taught courses and given community lectures on Islam. Since 9/11, he has provided training sessions on Islam and the Middle East to various brigades at Fort Campbell prior to their deployments to Iraq.

For more information, contact Randall by telephone at 221-7479 or by e-mail at randalla@apsu.edu.