After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the Austin First Things Lecture is returning this September. Beginning in 2015, I have been pleased to help organize this annual lecture for audiences who are interested in the intersection of Christian faith and the public square. Robert Louis Wilken, Peter Leithart, Patrick Deneen, Ephraim Radner, and Mary Eberstadt each delivered thought-provoking presentations in downtown Austin to crowds ranging from 130 to 230. It is so good to have this wonderful event back in central Texas.
I am happy to announce that Carl Trueman, a contributing editor at First Things, will be our speaker at this year’s lecture. Trueman is a professor at Grove City College and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His wide-ranging and erudite book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, has been well-received since its publication in 2020. He has recently followed it with a more popular-level treatment, Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution (2022). Trueman will lecture on “The Sentimental Death of a Culture.”
The Austin First Things Lecture is now hosted and co-sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies, a new nonprofit ministry based in Austin. Our goal at CCS is to make high quality biblical and theological resources more accessible to churches and thoughtful Christians through print publications, online curriculum and materials, and in-person events such as this lecture. Check out our website, and sign up for free email updates about this lecture and other resources from the Center for Christian Studies. More details and RSVP will be coming soon.
For now, mark your calendars for 7:00 pm on Monday, September 19, 2022, at the University Avenue Church of Christ (1903 University Ave.), Austin, Texas.