Dr. William Martin, a decorated emeritus professor at Rice University and a well-known author, will speak to the Journeys Class on Sundays, December 2 and 16. For years, Dr. Martin wrote the religion column in Texas Monthly and he has also written for many prominent national publications. Both of Dr. Martin’s talks will focus on his acclaimed biography of Billy Graham.
Dec. 2, 2018: The first talk, "A Prophet with Honor," will provide an overview of Billy Graham's life and ministry--the key developments that were part of his becoming one of the most important and influential religious figures of the 20th century and the major force in the growth of evangelical Christianity worldwide; his relationship with presidents (briefly); his role in enlarging religious freedom behind the Iron Curtain; the evolution of his stance on key social issues; the personal qualities that made this possible; and his legacy and the future of his organization under the leadership of his son Franklin.
Dec. 16, 2018: The second talk, "All the Presidents' Man," will elaborate and go into greater detail about his relationship with presidents from Harry Truman to Donald Trump, associations that enlarged his fame and influence, increased his opportunities to do things that would likely have been impossible without those contacts, but that also exposed vulnerabilities and brought sharp and often deserved criticism.
The Journeys Class invite anyone interested in hearing these talks to join them in the Fellers Room (S-312).