Princeton, NJ, March 9, 2012–Princeton Theological Seminary will welcome Dr. Cornelius “Neal” Plantinga Jr., former president of Calvin Theological Seminary and the Charles W. Colson Professor of Theology Emeritus, to campus March 26 through 29, 2012, when he delivers the annual Warfield Lectures. 

The lecture series, titled “Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists,” will include six lectures given in the Main Lounge of the Seminary’s Mackay Campus Center. The schedule of lectures is as follows:

Monday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture I: “Introduction to the Conversation”

Tuesday, March 27, 3:00 p.m.

Lecture II: “Sermon Illustrations from Attentive Reading”

Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture III: “Tuning the Preacher’s Ear for Language”

Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture IV: “Whatever You Get from your Reading, Get Wisdom”

Thursday, March 29, 3:00 p.m.

Lecture V: “Getting Wisdom on Sin and Grace”

Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture VI: “The Numinous and Other Surprises”

neal plantingaPlantinga has an A.B. from Calvin College, a B.D. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.                                               

Formerly the pastor of the Webster (New York) Christian Reformed Church, he was professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary from 1979 to 1996. In 1996, he was appointed the first-ever dean of the chapel at Calvin College, and in January 2002, he became the sixth president of Calvin Theological Seminary. He retired from this post in July 2011 to devote full time to preaching, speaking, and writing.

Plantinga has been an adjunct faculty member of Fuller Theological Seminary and of Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has also been a visiting scholar at St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge.

He is a former editor of the Calvin Theological Journal, and is now a member of the board of editors of Books & Culture, and of the editorial and advisory council of First Things.

Plantinga is the author of five books, coauthor of one, and coeditor of three. His more than 230 articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in such periodicals as Theology Today, The Thomist, First Things, Modern Theology, Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and Books & Culture.

The Warfield Lectures are named in honor of Annie Kinkead Warfield, wife of Dr. Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield, distinguished professor of theology at the Seminary from 1887 to 1921. The lectures are free and open to the public. Please call the Office of Communications/Publications at 609.497.7760 for more information or visit

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