Ken Stone, professor of Bible, culture and hermeneutics at Chicago Theological Seminary, will speak at Maryville College on Monday, Oct. 15.

Stone’s lecture, titled "All These Look to God: Reading the Bible in the Anthropocene," will explore how biblical creation accounts shape or reshape modern concerns around animals and ecology.

Scheduled for 7 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Stone is the author of "Reading the Hebrew Bible with Animal Studies." A Lambda Literary Award winner, he focuses his research on the relationship between critical theory and biblical interpretation and matters of gender, sexuality, animals and ecology.

He holds a master’s degree and doctorate from Vanderbilt University, a master of theology degree from Harvard Divinity School, a master of divinity from the Church of God School of Theology and a bachelor’s degree from Lee College.

"Dr. Stone has written a fascinating book which challenges scholars to read and interpret the biblical texts in light of the emerging field of critical animal studies," said Phillip Sherman, associate professor of religion at Maryville College. 

Stone’s visit is funded through a "Teaching of the Bible Grant" that Maryville College received from the Presbyterian Church (USA). With the two-year, $10,000 grant, the religion faculty at MC—with the strong support of the Center for Campus Ministry—established “The Maryville Seminar on Socially Engaged Teaching of the Bible.”

Sherman, who administers the grant, is producing a podcast called "Teaching a Bible That Matters," which includes interviews with professors who teach biblical studies.

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