Notre Dame Alumnus Thomas Crisp, Ph.D., to Speak at Bethel

Thomas Crisp, Ph.D., chair of the department of philosophy at Biola University and associate director of the Center for Christian Thought, will speak at Bethel College on the subject of “Love and Violence.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be on Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in Room 342 of the Miller-Moore Academic Center.

Crisp received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in the areas of metaphysics and epistemology. His lecture at Bethel will explore Christ’s command for Christians to love our enemies, and what role, if any, violence should play in how we live out that command.

According to Professor of Philosophy Jim Stump, Ph.D., one goal of the lecture is to help attendees think more deeply about important issues. In a world where complex topics are often reduced to short sound bites and quick social media updates, “philosophers go the other way – we take the sound bites and show the complexity of the situation,” says Stump.

This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Society of Christian Philosophers, with the goal of enabling philosophy departments at small colleges to bring in nationally renowned speakers. During Crisp’s time on campus, he will also connect with Bethel students by speaking in chapel and to various classes and groups.