Lee University’s Dr. Kevin Brown, professor of English, participated on a panel, titled “From Meister Eckhart to Modern Liturgy: Non-Fiction Works on Progressive Christianity,” at the 30th annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. Dr. Brown presented on his book “Bringing the Kingdom: Progressive Reflections on Scripture.”
In his book Dr. Brown looks at the lectionary readings and examines how “God actively seeks to undercut and subvert systems of power.”
“Through an examination of Jesus’s teachings, with support from a wide variety of other parts of the Bible, we can see that ideas of social justice and true liberation run throughout God’s message to humanity,” said Dr. Brown. “Rather than focusing on who gets into heaven and who doesn’t, Jesus seeks to proclaim God’s love for all humanity. By reading the Bible this way and attempting to live up to Jesus’s call, we can seek to bring the kingdom to our world, as it is in heaven.”
Dr. Brown has authored three books of poetry, a memoir, and a book of scholarship, along with various essays and critical articles. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Mississippi and his Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University. He also earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama, a Master of Fine Arts from Murray State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Milligan College.
The Southern Festival of Books is a free event that offers readers an opportunity to interact with more than 200 authors and engage in readings, panel discussions, and book signings.
For more information on the Southern Festival of Books, visit: http://humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word.
For more information on Dr. Brown’s book, visit: https://wipfandstock.com/bringing-the-kingdom.html.