Life Of The Scholar (LOTS) Program Set for Oct. 23 at Gardner-Webb

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Dr. James P. Byrd to Share “Sacred Scripture, Sacred War” Lecture

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The latest Life Of The Scholar (LOTS) event at Gardner-Webb University will give the audience an inside look at theology and biblical interpretation in American history. GWU alum Dr. James P. Byrd, an associate professor of American Religious History at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.), will speak on topics referenced in his latest book, “Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution.”

The lecture will be held Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Hope Hall, located within the Tucker Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Byrd graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and English Studies (double major). He attended Duke University (Durham, N.C.) where he earned a Master of Divinity in 1991.  He taught at Vanderbilt for a number of years and in 1999, earned a Ph.D. in religion, with a focus in American religious history and a minor in theological ethics. He now serves as an associate professor in the Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, as well as associate dean for graduate education and research.

He has authored several books, research articles, and reviews, and is currently writing a book on the Bible and the American Civil War. “Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution” was the winner of a Christianity Today Award of Merit in the category of history/biography. The book is available for purchase at

More information about the LOTS program and this event is available by contacting Dr. Kent Blevins, professor of religious studies, at 704-406-4458.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704.406.4264 or email with your request.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).