1. BJC Executive Director J. Brent Walker presents the final of three lectures for the 2013 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State, held on the campus of Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.

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  2. BJC Executive Director J. Brent Walker presents the first of three lectures for the 2013 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State, held on the campus of Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. He is introduced by Baptist Joint Committee General Counsel K. Hollyn Hollman.

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  3. This is the third and final lecture given by Purdue professor Frank Lambert at the 2012 Shurden Lectures on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga. This lecture centers on the Federal Convention of 1787 and the state ratifying conventions that debated the draft Constitution. It explores the question of religion at those conventions within the context of trying to create a “more perfect Union.” It concludes that the delegates at the Philadelphia Convention separated matters of church and state both to solidify the union and to safeguard religion from government encroachment.

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  4. In his second Shurden lecture, Purdue professor Frank Lambert agrees with George Marsden’s notion that the U.S. was from its beginning profoundly sacred and profoundly secular. It explores the many points of intersection between Great Awakening and Enlightenment ideas and influences. It concludes with a close examination of the cooperation between the Baptist John Leland and the Deist Thomas Jefferson in the fight for religious liberty. The 2012 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State were April 17-18 on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

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  5. In his first presentation for the 2012 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State, Purdue professor Frank Lambert begins with a critique of the radical right’s assertion that America was conceived of as a Christian state. This lecture examines these revisionist “historians’” selection and use of evidence to support their presuppositions. It ends by examining within historical context the failed attempts to establish Christian states in colonial New England.

    The 2012 Shurden Lecters were April 17-18 on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

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