A.O. Collins Lectures

Featured Guest: Mark Lanier

Title: “Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith”

Thursday, November 6, 2014 7:00 pm; Belin Chapel

The School of Christian Thought is pleased to announce that Mark Lanier will deliver the A. O. Collins lectures for fall 2014.  Mr. Lanier’s topic for the lectures will be from his new book: Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith (InterVarsity, 2014).


Who is Mark Lanier?

Mark Lanier is a trial lawyer and founder of the Lanier Law Firm. U. S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers named him to its Best Lawyers in America list for nine consecutive years and as the 2013 Top Class Action Attorney in America.  His courtroom work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and he is a frequent guest on CNBC and Fox Business News.  He is the founder of the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, TX, and he teaches biblical literacy at Champion Forest Baptist Church. Mark Lanier

What Others are Saying about the Book . . .

Alister McGrath calls Mark’s book: “A witty, well­­-paced and thoroughly engaging account of the place of evidence in the courtroom and in life.  Mark Lanier makes a powerful case for the trustworthiness and reasonableness of the Christian faith.”

David B. Capes says: “Historians, scientists and lawyers are after the same thing: to discover what really happened.  Mark Lanier, one of America’s best lawyers, introduces us to history’s expert witnesses regarding our most profound questions and tells a convincing story sure to convince any jury.”

The lecture will be held in Belin Chapel in the Morris Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Houston Baptist University.  It is free and open to the public.  Enrolled students may earn CLW points for attending the lecture.


The A. O. Collins Lectures

The A. O. Collins lectures began in 1993 with the goal of bringing recognized scholars to address the university community in current trends in theology, religious studies and philosophy.  The series is named for Dr. A. O. Collins who chaired HBU’s Department of Christianity and Philosophy until his retirement in 1990. Over the last two decades, due to the generosity of former students and friends of the university, top scholars from around the world have lectured on our campus on a wide range of topics on religion and philosophy.

Some of our past lecturers have included:
Dr. James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
Dr. Charles Talbert, Baylor University
Dr. Ellen T. Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory University
Dr. Alan Segal, Barnard College, Columbia University
Dr. Samuel Proctor, Duke University
Dr. John Howard Yoder, University of Notre Dame
Dr. James W. McClendon, Jr., Fuller Theological Seminary
Dr. Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary’s Seminary
Dr. Larry Hurtado, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University
Dr. Craig Evans, Acadia Divinity College
Dr. Richard Bauckham, St. Andrews University.

Please join us for this lecture.  It is an important event for our campus and community.  Should you have questions, please contact the acting chair of the Department of Theology, Dr. Ben Blackwell, at 281-649-3000.

Christianity on Trial