Mark Noll in Belfast – 2-7 February

Acclaimed American historian of religion Mark Noll is visiting Belfast, and there are several opportunities to hear him speak over the next few days.

In 2005, Mark Noll was named as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America by Time magazine. Recently retired from the chair as Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at Notre Dame, Mark is recognised as a leading authority on the history of Christianity in North America, and received the National Academy of Humanities medal from the White House in 2006. He now sits on the research faculty of Regent College, Vancouver.

Tomorrow and Friday Noll speaks at the ‘Luther 500’ conference in Elmwood Hall, organised by Queen’s University Institute of Theology and Union Theological College (Presbyterian Church in Ireland). This conference is free and open to the public – the full programme can be found here. There are a number of other distinguished lecturers from Queen’s and further afield.

Noll’s lectures are:

Thursday 2 February, ‘Martin Luther and the Dilemmas of Sola Scriptura’, 3.15-4.15 pm

Friday 3 February, ‘America has Honored Luther but not the Lutheran Point of View,’ 3.15-4.15 pm

On Mon 6 Feb and Tues 7 Feb Noll delivers the annual Church of Ireland Theological Lectures at Queen’s (Riddell Hall). These are also free and open to the public, but you must book on Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. 

On Monday 6th February, Prof. Noll will speak on Sola Scriptura, its influence, and its critics.

On Tuesday 7th February, Mark will be joined by former Principal of Maynooth College, and current Catholic Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, for further discussion and debate.

Noll will deliver a further free public lecture at Queen’s on Monday 6th February, hosted by the Queen’s Religious Studies Forum, on ‘Lessons from Modern World Christianity for the Uses of Scripture’, 2pm – 3.30pm (Old Staff Common Room, QUB).

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