August 15, 2018


Lecture considers whether the U.S. has become a post-Christian culture

Edwin David Aponte speaks at MTSO Sept. 25

In these volatile times, there are some who claim the United States is living in a post-Christian culture, detached from its supposed Christian foundations. Does the country need to seek a revival to reclaim its roots? What do people mean by a “post-Christian culture”?

Louisville Institute Executive Director Edwin David Aponte will explore this topic in a public lecture, “Living in a ‘Post-Christian’ Culture,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Alford Centrum on the campus of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. The lecture, presented by the Theological Commons at MTSO, is free and open to the public. Live and archived video of the lecture will be available on Livestream

In addition to his lecture, Aponte, who is a minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will preach in MTSO’s chapel service at 1 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Alford Centrum. All are invited.

In his lecture, Aponte, who also serves as research professor of religion and culture at Louisville Seminary, will consider claims regarding a post-Christian culture and offer what might be helpful responses by people of faith living and working in contemporary culture.

Aponte earned Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees from Temple University, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Gordon College. As a cultural historian of Latinx religions and cultures, Aponte explores faith, spirituality and culture, especially the intersections of race, ethnicity, and religion; congregational studies; and religion and politics.

He is the author of ¡Santo! Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality (2012), and he was co-editor of Handbook of Latina/o Theologies (2006) and co-author of Introducing Latino/a Theologies (2001), both with Miguel A. De La Torre.

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