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Lectures Bridge Religion and Economics

A lecture series Nov. 14 at Oklahoma City University aims to shed some understanding on the relationships between Christianity and economics. Rev. Joerg Reiger, a theology professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, will deliver this year’s Willson Lectures at OCU’s Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on N.W. 23rd Street between Blackwelder and Kentucky avenues.

The theme of Reiger’s presentations is called “Does it Liberate? The Relevance of Religion in a World of Inequality.” They will include “Economics as Religion: What Does Jesus Have to Do with Wall Street?” at 1 p.m., “Economics, Inequality, and the Common Good: The Difference Religion Makes” at 3 p.m. and “Is There No Alternative? Religion Reshaping Desire from the Bottom Up” at 7 p.m. The presentations are free to the public.

Rieger is the Wendland-Cook Endowed Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. His work explores faithful visions of Christianity that address oppressive systems such as racial discrimination, exploitation of the environment and economic injustice.

Reiger holds a doctorate in theology and ethics from Duke University and a master’s degree in divinity from the Theologisches Seminar der Evangelisch-Methodistischen Kirche in Germany. He has written and edited several books on various theological topics.

The annual Willson Lectures are provided by an endowment from James M. and Mavis Willson of Floydada, Texas. The lectures are directed to the interests of students in the area of religion and society. Since 1953 their gift to Oklahoma City University has brought speakers of international stature from the areas of religion, science, Christian theology and ethics, church history, biblical studies and liturgical studies.

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