HPU to Host Northern Irish Theologian Rollins

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 3, 2014 – High Point University will host philosopher and theologian Peter Rollins as a chapel service guest speaker. The service will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the Hayworth Chapel on campus. It is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

In his presentation titled “The Art of Worship,” Rollins will discuss how worship is inherently a form of art and performance. The chapel service will also feature a performance by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro choir.

“Singing, preaching and reading scripture are an art form intended to provide an experience of God,” says Rev. Preston Davis, minister at HPU, on Rollins’ presentation. “Too often these rituals, however, have been used to constrict behavior and belief. Yet the art of worship, at its best, expands our worldview as we encounter a God who is love. These experiences can disturb our preconceived ideas of God, while simultaneously expanding and renewing our faith in God.”

Rollins gained his higher education from Queens University, Belfast and has earned a bachelor’s degree in scholastic philosophy, a master’s in political theory and doctorate in post-structural thought. He is the author of numerous books, including “Insurrection: To Believe is Human; to Doubt, Divine” and “The Idolatry of God: Breaking our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction.” He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and lives in Los Angeles.


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