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Tanner-McMurrin Lecture on the History and Philosophy of Religion

The Westminster Tanner-McMurrin Lectures on the History and Philosophy of Religion were established at Westminster College of Salt Lake City in 1987 as a means of bringing major scholars in the fields of history and philosophy of religion to deliver public lectures and conduct seminars on basic problems in religious thought and practice.

The lecturers are appointed for the national and international recognition of their scholarly achievements without regard to ethnic, national, religious, or ideological considerations.

The lectures are open to the public without charge. The lecturer conducts seminars in which others who have special interests relating to the subject of the lecturers participate by invitation. The lectures are published and made available to libraries and the general public.

The lecture is administered by the President of Westminster College, who chairs a select committee which is responsible for lectureship policies and the selection of lecturers. The Lectureship is funded in perpetuity by an endowment gift from the late Dr. Obert Clark Tanner, formerly Professor Emiterus of Philosophy at the University of Utah, and Grace Adams Tanner. The Lectureship is named in honor of Dr. Sterling M. McMurrin who is the E.E. Eriksen Distinguished Professor Emiritus at the University of Utah, and a former United States Commissioner of Education. Dr. McMurrin is a Trustee Emeritus of Westminster College and former Colleague of Dr. Tanner in the Department of Philosophy at University of Utah.


For more information regarding the Tanner-McMurrin Lecture Series, call Dr. Michael Popich at (801) 832-2411.


Archived Lectures

1989 - Martin E. Marty, "We Might Know What to Do and How to Do It: On the Usefulness of the Religious Past"

1990 - Paul M. Van Buren, "The Change in the Church's Understanding of the Jewish People"

1991 - Jaroslav Pelikan, "Jesus, Not Caesar: The Religious World view of Thosma Garrigue Masaryk and the Spiritual foundations of Czech and Slovak Culture"

1992 - Barbara C. Harris, "Beyond Powershift: Theological Questions in a changing World"

1993 - Ralph McInerny, "The God of Philosophers"

1994 - Harvey Cox, "Christianity in the 21st Century"

1995 - Ruth Radford Ruether, "Theological Resources for Earth-Healing: Covenant and Sacrament"

1997 - Seyyed Hossein Nasr, "Religious Truth and Multiplicity of Religion"

1999 - E.P. Sanders, "The Historical Jesus and Christian Theology: The Significance of Historical Research for Christian Belief"

2001 - Marcus Borg, "The Wisdom of Jesus and Buddha"

2002 - James H. Cone, "Martin and Malcolm, and Black Theology"

2003 - Dr. Rene Girard, "The Uniqueness of the Biblical Religions"

2004 - D.Z. Phillips, "Has the Logical Problem of Evil Been Solved?"

2005 - John K. Roth, "Ethics During and After the Holocaust"

2007 - Alan Wolfe, "Who's Afraid of American Religion?"

2008 - Stephen T. Davis, "God as Present and God as Absent"

2009 - Michael Walzer, "Biblical Politics: The Role of the Prophets"

2010 - Arvind Sharma, "The Scientific Study of Religion: Pitfalls and Promise"

2010 - Diana Eck, "Faith and the 'Patchwork People'"

2014 - Kwane Anthony Appiah, "Mistakes About Islam, Mistakes About 'The West'"

2014 - Katharina Von Kellenbach, "Toward a Christian Theology of the Shoah From the Perspective of its Perpetuators"