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Philosophy professor to present research forum on Feb. 8

An Austin Peay State University professor is taking sabbatical this semester to finish writing a book exploring the dangers and potential for violence in the scriptural doctrines of inerrancy and literalism. He will share lessons about the two doctrines in an upcoming forum.
An Austin Peay State University professor is taking sabbatical this semester to finish writing a book exploring the dangers and potential for violence in the scriptural doctrines of inerrancy and literalism. He will share lessons about the two doctrines in an upcoming forum.

Dr. Albert Randall, professor of philosophy, will present “Making Idols of Scripture: The Logical Fallacies and Spiritual Disasters of Literalism and Inerrancy” as part of APSU's Faculty Research Forum series. The forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Morgan University Center, Room 308.

The two doctrines of inerrancy and literalism are the focus of the new book, titled “The ‘It's in the Book Game': Making Idols of ScriptureThe Spiritual, Moral and Logical Dangers of Inerrancy and Literalism,” a follow-up to his last book, “Strangers on the Shore: The Beatitudes in World Religions” published by Peter Lang Press in 2006.

“The major purpose of the new book is to examine these two doctrines and their uses by religious extremistsuses that allow extremists to distort the fundamental spiritual messages in the Bible and the Quran,” Randall said.
With more than half of the research already completed, Randall plans to have a first draft of the new book completed in May 2007.

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.

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Faculty Research Forum provides an opportunity for faculty to share their research and creative works with their peers, students and members of the community. The brown-bag lunch sessions are open to the public at no charge. Free beverages will be provided.

For more information, contact Randall by e-mail at randalla@apsu.edu. To learn more about the Faculty Research Forum, contact the Office of Academic Affairs, (931) 221-7676. -- Melony Leazer