Heaven: An Essential Moral Foundation

September 28, 2012

Jerry WallsOn Monday, October 8, Jerry L. Walls, Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University, will speak at Hampden-Sydney College.  His topic is, "Heaven: An Essential Moral Foundation."

Before moving to Houston, Walls was most recently a Research Fellow in The Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame, where he finished his book Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2012).  This volume is the third in a trilogy of books on the afterlife, the first two of which are Hell: The Logic of Damnation (University of Notre Dame Press, 1992) and Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy (Oxford University Press, 2002). 

Walls co-authored book with David Baggett, Good God: The Theistic Foundations of Morality (Oxford University Press, 2011) was chosen by Christianity Today as the outstanding book in apologetics and evangelism in their 2012 book awards.  Among his other books are: The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2008); Why I am not a Calvinist (with Joe Dongell, IVP, 2004); CS Lewis and Francis Schaeffer: Lessons for a New Century from the Most Influential Apologists of our Time (with Scott Burson, IVP, 1998) and a small book of poetry, Who Watch for the Morning (Finishing Line Press, 2009).

Walls is also Senior Speaking Fellow in the Morris Institute for Human Values and has spoken for a number of companies and business organizations throughout the United States.  He is a big fan of college basketball and football, and his most recent book is Wisdom from the Hardwood: Defining a Success Worth Shooting For (Gray Matter Books, 2012).

Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by Hampden-Sydney's Philosophy Department and will begin at 4:30 PM in the Chairman's Room in Settle Hall.