Dr. Brad Chance, professor of religion and department chair, will deliver the Carl F. Willard Distinguished Teacher Lecture at 7 p.m. on November 14 in Yates-Gill College Union on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Dr. Chance's topic is “Moral Intuitionism and Early Roman Christians: Wisdom for the Debate over Same-Sex Marriage.” Dr. Chance summarizes that recent decisions of the Supreme Court make apparent that same-sex marriage will increasingly become a part of American life. Like other significant social changes, debate will accompany this transformation. Both contemporary moral psychology and counsel offered by the Apostle Paul to the Roman churches of the first century can offer wisdom to guide this debate.
Dr. Chance received an A.B. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He then attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he was awarded the M.Div. He holds his Ph.D. from Duke University. His areas of focus include New Testament and early Christianity, biblical interpretation, and religion in the contemporary society, including sociology and religion and science/religion dialog.
The Willard Lecture is named for the late Carl Willard, a trustee at William Jewell from 1967-1991. To honor Willard’s memory and perpetuate his ideals, friends established the Carl F. Willard Distinguished Teacher Award at William Jewell as a continuing investment in tomorrow’s leaders. The Faculty Development Committee recommends honorees to the provost and president of the College, who make the final selection for the annual award.