Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson will serve as Mount Mercy University’s keynote speaker for the annual Aquinas Lecture on October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. The presentation, “Learning Jesus in the Life of the Church” is free and open to the public.
Johnson currently serves as the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, a Master of Divinity in theology from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, a Master of Arts in religious studies from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Yale University.
A former Benedictine monk, Johnson has taught at Yale Divinity School and Indiana University. He is the author of more than 20 books, including The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels, and The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, which is used widely as a textbook. He has also published several hundred articles and reviews.
At Indiana University, he received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, was elected a member of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching, and won the Brown Derby and Student Choice awards for teaching. At Emory University, he has twice received the On Eagle's Wings Excellence in Teaching Award.
Mount Mercy University’s annual Aquinas Lecture was established in 1959 by the Sisters of Mercy who taught in the Mount Mercy Philosophy-Theology Division. For more than 50 years, the Aquinas Lecture has brought philosophers and theologians to campus to speak on topics such as violence, order, love, justice, and the Church in contemporary society. The lecture is named after Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), an Italian priest who is considered the Church’s greatest theologian and philosopher.
In previous years, private contributions to Mount Mercy have supported the Aquinas lecture. This year, the lecture is sponsored by Mount Mercy University and the Commonweal Speakers Program.