Join The King’s College community as we hear from Dr. Dru Johnson’s regarding his newest book, Human Rights, The Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments, from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM in the 5th Floor City Room. Doors open at 12:00 PM., and lunch is provided. REGISTER HERE.
ABOUT DRU JOHNSON
Dr. Johnson teaches Biblical literature, theology, and biblical interpretation at The King’s College. He is an editor for the Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism series, an associate director for the Jewish Philosophical Theology Project at The Herzl Institute in Israel; and a co-host for the OnScript Podcast.
Dr. Johnson has held research fellowships at the University of Saint Andrews (Scotland, 2017–18), Shalem Institute for Advanced Studies (Jerusalem, 2013), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Henry Institute, 2018). He currently serves on the steering committee of the Scripture and Church Seminar in the Institute for Biblical Research and was formerly the chair and co-founder of the Hebrew Bible and Philosophy program in the Society for Biblical Literature (2014–16).
Before academia, he served two years active duty and five years in the reserves of the U.S. Air Force—involved in counter-narcotics operations in the Amazon basin of Colombia from 1993–98. Working in I.T. from college through seminary, he then served for ten years as a pastor in St. Louis, Missouri and Saint Andrews (Scotland). He has taught in Western Kenya, Brazil, and the UK. He is ordained as a minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He and his wife have four children.
What are we doing when we gather around the sacraments— or when we make the same breakfast every morning? Embodying rituals, says Dru Johnson. And until we understand what we’re doing and why, we won’t know how these rituals work, what they mean, or how we might adapt them.
In Human Rites Johnson considers the concept of ritual as seen in Scripture and its role in shaping our thinking. He colorfully illustrates both the mundane and the sacred rituals that penetrate all of life, offering not only a helpful introduction to rituals but also a framework for understanding them. As he unpacks how rituals pervade every area of our lives, Johnson suggests biblical ways to focus our use of rituals, habits, and sacraments so that we can see the world more truly through them.
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