The Robison Lectureship in Religion was inaugurated in 1972 through an endowment gift by Dr. Robison's Daughter, Dr. Georgia Robison Beale. The lectureship provides for an annual lecture in some area of religious scholarship and for the printing and distribution of the lecture. The lectures have been distributed to friends and surviving relatives of Dr. Robison, to deans and professors of religion in Disciples institutions of higher education, and to Disciples ministers in the tri-states.
Henry Barton Robison was a native of Georgia and educated at Transylvania College, College of the Bible (LTS), and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (Ph.D. in 1907 with a major in New Testament and a minor in Old Testament). After brief pastorates in Texas and Alabama, he served as professor of religion at Culver-Stockton College from 1910 to 1944.
- Year 2000 - Present
- Before 2000
Spring John Dominic Crossan, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Depaul University, "The Bible and Violence"
Spring Franklin "Chris" I. Gamwell, The Shailer Matthews Professor of the Divinity School the University of Chicago, "The Question of Democracy."
Spring William Tabbernee, President of Phillips Theological Seminary
Spring Stephanie Paulsell, Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School, "Reading Narnia: The Spiritual Visions of C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman."
Glen Stassen, Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, "Just Peacemaking."
Richard H. Lowery, Professor of Old Testament at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla., "Beneath the Throne of God: Democracy, Human Rights, and the Bible's Rhetoric of Faith."
Martinez Hewlett, professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona, "Through a Glass Darkly: A Critical Realist's View of the Science and Religion Conversation."
Thomas Gilbert, director of the Epic Program at the Zygon Center for Religion and Science in Chicago, and adjunct instructor at the Lutheran School of Theology, "The Epic of Creation."
D. Newell Williams, Professor of Church History at Christian Theological Seminary, "Christianity in Twentieth Century America: Implications for the Twenty-First Century."
James O. Duke, Professor of the History of Christianity and Historical Theology, Brite Divinity School, "Schleiermacher on Religion and its Cultured Despisers: Apologist and Agent Provocateur."
Jack Dean Kingsbury, Aubrey Lee Brooks Professor of Biblical Theology, Union Theological Seminary, "The Birth Narrative of Matthew."
John J. Collins, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Postbiblical Judaism, University of Chicago Divinity School, "The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins.
Enoch H. Oglesby, United Church Professor of Theology and History, Eden Theological Seminary, "Hurdling the Obstacles of Racism in a Multicultural Society."
Roland E. Miller, Coordinator of Luther Seminary's Islamic Studies Program, "Muslim Dilemmas in America: A Challenge to Understanding."
J. Gerald Janzen, MacAllister-Petticrew Professor of Old Testament, Christian Theological Seminary, "Lust for Life and the Bitterness of Job."
Beberly R. Gaventa, Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary, "The Mother of Jesus and Other Women of Disrepute: Mary in the Gospel of Matthew."
Ignacio Castuera, Senior Minister, Hollywood United Methodist Church, "500 Years of What?"
Marcus J. Borg, Professor of Religious Studies, Oregon State University, "Jesus: A New Historical Vision."
Bruce M. Metzger, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary and chair, translation committee of the New Revised Standard Version Bible, "The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Its Making and Character."
Thomas R. Shrout, Professor Emeritus, Religion and Philosophy, Culver-Stockton College, "The Question of New Testament Scholarship since Henry Barton Robison."
Perry E. Gresham, President Emeritus of Bethany College, "Alexander Campbell: His Versatility and His Sources."
Michael K. Kinnamon, Assistant Professor of Theology and Dean, Christian Theological Seminary, "The Mission of the Church and Why Christians Disagree About It."
- 1986 M. Eugene Boring, A.A. Bradford Distinguished University Professor of Religion Studies, Texas Christian University, "Interpreting the Book of Revelation in the Church."
Keith Watkins, Professor of Worship, Christian Theological Seminary, "The Political Implications of Christian Worship."
Jill Raitt, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia, "Religion and Politics: Catholics and Protestants in the 16th Century."
Walter Brueggemann, Professor of Old Testament, Eden Theological Seminary, "The Surely Known and the Newly Known."
- 1982 William O. Paulsell, Dean of Lexington Theological Seminary, "The Spirituality of Social Activists."
Ronald E. Osborn, Professor of American Church History, School of Theology at Claremont, "Voices in the Wind, Whispers in the Heart."
Fred Craddock, Professor of Preaching and the New Testament, Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
H. Jackson Forstman, Professor of Theology and Dean of the Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, "If You Want to Know How Provincial You Are. . ."
J. Gerald Janzen, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Christian Theological Seminary, "The Terror of History and the Fear of the Lord."
Don S. Browning, Dean, Disciples Divinity House, University of Chicago, "A New School of Theology."
William R. Baird, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, "Bald Head and Bandy Legs." (November 18)
S. Morris Eames, Professor of Religion, Southern Illinois University, "Religion as the Quality of Excellence." (March 16)
Christine Downing, Professor of Religion, Douglas College, Rutgers University, "To Point to the Moon a Finger is Needed."
William Barnett Blakemore, Dean of Disciples Divinity House, University of Chicago, "A Universal and Particular College."
Irvin Lunger, President of Transylvania University, "Dilemmas of the Church-Related College."