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Rev. Dr. Richard Lints, Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


February 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM EST


411 Willard Straight Hall

Institute of Biblical Studies 

This year’s Institute of Biblical Studies on the important topic of Identity kicks off Friday evening in Call Auditorium. Our guest is Rev. Dr. Richard Lints. Dr. Lints will continue this annual weekend conference all day Saturday (register here) and Sunday morning. Friday’s lecture is free and open to the public. We usually draw about 350 students and community members for this event. Please join us and be a part of the largest annual gathering to talk about theology in Ithaca!

Identity and Idolatry: What’s at Stake?

  • Human Identity in Turmoil
  • The Fragility of Human Identity
  • The Turn to “Community”
  • Tradition and Technology

The crisis of human identity is experienced in daily life as a crisis of significance and safety. Most of us do not experience our lives as making any significant difference to world affairs, nor do we experience our lives as safe from the economic and cultural turmoils surrounding us. Who then are we? These lectures open up by examining the contexts through which our identities are shaped and given purpose.


The annual Institute of Biblical Studies, sponsored by Chesterton House, Bethel Grove Bible Church, and New Life Presbyterian Church,
is designed to teach from the Scriptures, challenging participants to
deepen their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. Past speakers
have included Dr. D.A. Carson, Dr. Walter Kaiser, Dr. Roger Nicole, and
Dr. Richard Pratt.



Richard Lints is the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he has taught for the last 22 years. In addition he has taught as a visiting professor at Trinity College (Bristol England), Yale Divinity School, Westminster Theological Seminary (California), and Reformed Theological Seminary. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. He has authored or edited: The Fabric of Theology, Westminster Dictionary of Philosophical Terms for Theology, Identity in Theological Perspective, and Radical Ironies: Religion and the Rise of Postmodernity in the 1960s. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America and has church planted in Concord, MA. He is married to Ann and they have three grown children.


Chesterton House Painting