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Reformation Day to discuss role of Ten Commandments in past and present

Emory Report | Oct. 13, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 22, Pitts Theology Library at Candler School of Theology will host the 28th annual Reformation Day at Emory. The day of lectures, exhibits and music will focus on the theme “Scripture and Reform: The Ten Commandments as Jewish Law, Christian Gospel and Civic Code.” Learn more and register by Oct. 15.

Featured speakers this year include:

• M. Patrick Graham, Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and librarian, who will introduce the program and recent library acquisitions

• Jonathan Strom, associate dean of the faculty and academic affairs, who will preach at the morning Service of Word in Cannon Chapel

• Brent A. Strawn, professor of Old Testament, who will open the afternoon program with “The Ten Commandments in situ,” clarifying fundamental aspects of the Decalogue.

Other featured speakers are John Witte Jr., director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory, who will present “The Uses of the Decalogue in Reformation Law and Politics”; and Ted A. Smith, associate professor of preaching and ethics, who will close with “Living Commandments: God’s No, God’s Demand, God’s Invitation,” a presentation exploring what it would mean to live by the Ten Commandments today.

Barbara Day Miller, associate dean of worship and music, will lead the Candler Singers in a luncheon musical program.

The event will explore the role of the Ten Commandments in Scripture, Luther’s reform and contemporary American life. A concurrent exhibit in Pitts Theology Library reflects on the same topic. “That We a Godly Life May Live: Luther’s Interpretation of the Ten Commandments” runs through Jan. 15 in the Pitts Exhibit Hall.

It showcases works from Pitts’ Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection, with a focus on the significance of the Ten Commandments to the Protestant Reformation.