The John Jay Institute and Westminster Theological Seminary cordially invite you to the lecture
The Truth Will Set You Free: A Biblical Account of Freedom
The Most Reverend Doctor Peter Jensen
International Churchman, Theologian, Activist, and Author
About the Event
Liberty: the defining ideal of democratic liberalism. Cast in London, by then the most liberal frame of government in the English-speaking world, to commemorate the 1751 jubilee year of Pennsylvania's Charter of Privileges, Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell has become an iconic symbol of America’s freedom. Blazoned on the antique bell are the words: "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land and unto the inhabitants thereof," a religious text from the Bible (Leviticus 25:10). In the mind of our English ancestors, freedom was a sacred idea emanating from God. In our time, Freedom is arguably the greatest political and social promise. In its name revolutions have been fomented, regimes have been toppled, and foreign wars have been waged. Freedom has been the rallying cry of social reform movements ranging from slavery, to women's suffrage, to civil rights, to abortion rights, to gay rights, and to the modern marriage equity movement. And yet, paradoxically, in the name of democratic freedom, fundamental liberties, including the freedom of religion and freedom of speech, are now threatened. New concepts of freedom challenge Western Civilization's previous understanding of liberty, an understanding rooted in the Judaic and Christian religious traditions.
In this lecture, international churchman and theologian, the Most Reverend Doctor Peter Jensen, challenges us to think again about the Biblical concept of freedom and its source in the Truth. In his view, freedom is a gift helping constitute our humanity, and yet it is to be understood in the light of the fallen creatures we are. If we are to maintain our freedom, we must consider it in the light of the Gospel, discovering again the secret that the service of God is our perfect freedom.
About the Speaker
The Most Reverend Doctor Peter Jensen is the former Archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney and Metropolitan of the Province of New South Wales in the Anglican Church of Australia. Archbishop Jensen, a leader in the renewal and realignment of worldwide Anglicanism, currently serves as the general secretary of the Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON), an international movement to retain and restore the Bible to the heart of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
A reception for The Most Reverend Doctor Peter Jensen will follow the lecture.