The Capps Lecture in Christian Theology is an annual series that brings eminent Christian thinkers to the heart of the university with public lectures that explore the relationship between faith and responsibility. 

our most recent capps lecture...

"Has the dream become a nightmare?  Prospects for reconciliation in the wake of the new racism." with Dr. John Perkins

Sunday, November 1st at 4pm in Nau Auditorium

John M. Perkins was a civil rights leader in Mississippi in the 1960s, and founded Voice of Calvary Ministries, a Christian community development ministry, with his wife Vera Mae. In 1983, Perkins established the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development, Inc., to advance the principles of Christian community development and racial reconciliation throughout the world. His publications include Let Justice Roll Down (2012) and Welcoming Justice: God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community (2010).

Slide show of John M. Perkin's Capps Lecture.

The 2015 Capps lecture

“Two themes that haunt me: Suffering and Grace” with Philip Yancey



“Leaving Church?  Generation Next and the Future of Faith”
with Diana Butler Bass

Watch the video of Dr. Bass’s Capps Lecture

Listen to the afternoon workshop with Dr. Bass here


Lauren Winner, Duke University – “Writing About God”
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The 2011 Capps Lecture

Emmanuel Katongole , Duke University – “Daring to Invent the Future of Africa: On Modernity, Politics and the Madness of Christian Faith”
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The 2009 Capps Lecture

Albert J. Raboteau, Princeton University – “Holy Ordinary: Locating the Sacred in Literature and Life”
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Listen to the Q&A
Listen to the seminar on Thomas Merton & Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 2008 Capps Lecture

Dr. Donald Shriver, Jr., Union Theological Seminary, New York – “Honest Patriots: Loving a Country Enough to Remember Its Misdeeds”
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The 2007 Capps Lecture

Professor John de Gruchy, Stellenbosch University, South Africa – “Christian Identity amidst Global Contradictions” and “Christian Humanism against Fundamentalism & Secularism”
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The 2005 Capps Lecture

Jürgen Moltmann, University of Tübingen, Germany – “In God We Trust, In God Us Trusts”
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The 2003 Capps Lecture

Wolfgang Huber, Heidelberg University and Bishop of Berlin-Brandenburg (Evangelical Church of Germany) – “Truth, Guilt and Reconciliation: Christian Faith in a Violent World” and “Do We Need A New Morality? Christian Faith and Bioethics”
For a printed copy of both lectures, contact us.

The 2001 Capps Lecture

Miroslav Volf, Yale University – “Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Justice”