22nd Annual Holmer Lecture: The Future of the Humanities in a Materialist Age


David Lyle Jeffrey 


Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.


Rapson Hall, room 100



Can we learn about human artistic and intellectual endeavor without an appreciation for the transcendent character of human persons? And to what extent does our appreciation for “the human person” depend upon a spiritual dimension to human life alongside physical and temporal ones? What authority, if any, has the past earned for our reflections today on what it means to be human? Our answers to these questions will shape not only the curriculum of the university, but the very future of the university.


Join us for a light dessert reception immediately following the lecture.


About Our Speaker


David Lyle Jeffrey (Ph.D. Princeton) is Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor University. He is also Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Ottawa, and has been Guest Professor at Peking University (Beijing) since 1996 and Honorary Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing) since 2005.


Jeffrey is best known as a medievalist and as a scholar of biblical tradition in western literature and art. His books include A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature (1992), The Early English Lyric and Franciscan Spirituality (1975); Chaucer and Scriptural Tradition (1984); English Spirituality in the Age of Wesley (1987; 1994; 2000); The Law of Love: English Spirituality in the Age of Wyclif (1988; 2001); People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture (1996), a co-authored book on The Bible and the University ( 2007) and, with Greg Maillet, Christianity and Literature: a Philosophical Approach to Literary Criticism (2011). In 2011 also appeared The King James Bible and the World it Made (ed.) and his theological commentary on Luke for the Brazos Press in 2012.