Karen Swallow Prior: The Evangelical Social Imaginary – the Images, Ideas & Metaphors that Made a Movement

Date(s) - June 6, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Regent College Chapel

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Regent’s Evening Public Lecture series is back for another summer! Join us in person or online to explore Scripture, theology, culture, and much more with Summer Programs faculty and other exciting speakers.


As with any culture, the evangelical culture is formed, in part, by a social imaginary consisting of precognitive ideas, images, concepts, and values. These works of our individual and collective imaginations, expressed and applied within a movement that is nearly three hundred years old, are influenced by literature, art, and philosophy—not just the Bible. Examining some of the major elements of the evangelical imagination and distinguishing those that are biblical from those that are merely cultural can help evangelicals find our way forward amid this current evangelical identity crisis.


Karen Swallow Prior (PhD) is Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has published extensively on literature and religion, poetry, and contemporary culture in publications like VoxFirst ThingsThe AtlanticBooks and CultureChristianity Today, and more. Her latest book is On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books (2018) and she recently co-edited Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (2019). Karen is a founding member of The Pelican Project and a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, the International Alliance for Christian Education, and at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture. She is also a former member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. Karen and her husband live on a hundred-year old homestead in central Virginia with sundry horses, dogs, and chickens. And lots of books.

Dr. Swallow Prior is teaching The Mysterious Manner of Flannery O’Connor from June 6 to June 11 as part of Regent’s 2022 Summer Programs.


Regent intends to offer this lecture as a live event in the College’s chapel. Under current provincial policies, this event will not require attendees to show proof of vaccination. Please be aware, however, that Regent’s event protocols will follow the guidelines in place on the event date.

This lecture will also be streamed live online, and we look forward to being joined by friends from around the world. A recording will be available for a limited time after the event.


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