What accounts for the recent rise in social justice commitment among global evangelical communities? How is it that a community once known more for individual Bible studies, campus evangelism, or church growth has transformed its image – or has it? – to be known for human rights advocacy, especially concerning human trafficking?
Paul C.H. Lim, Ph.D., associate professor of the History of Christianity at Vanderbilt University, will discuss the surge in evangelical interest in social justice, as well as its future, when he presents “Global Christianity and War on Human Trafficking: Snapshots from America, India, and Korea” at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Lim is writing a book on the changing evangelical attitudes toward human trafficking and structural poverty and global endeavors to eradicate both. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Room 301 of OWU’s Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.
Lim’s research also examines the way millennials react toward global problems: “There is a generational shift among millennials,” he said. “They still care deeply about the Bible, but they care more deeply about Jesus and what he’s passionate about.”
Lim is an award-winning author of books on the Reformation: “Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England”; “The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism”; and “In Pursuit of Purity, Unity, and Liberty: Richard Baxter’s Puritan Ecclesiology in Context.”
His presentation is Ohio Wesleyan’s 2016-2017 Merrick Lecture, sponsored by the OWU Department of Religion. Both the lecture series and Merrick Hall are named in honor of Frederick Merrick, Ohio Wesleyan’s second president. The series began in 1889 and is Ohio Wesleyan’s oldest running lecture series.
Learn about Lim at www.vanderbilt.edu and more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Religion and Merrick Lecture Series at www.owu.edu/religion.