Eureka College is pleased to announce that Duke University Professor Luke Bretherton will deliver the 2019 Humbert Lecture on Religion and Culture.

This year’s event will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 inside Becker Auditorium of the Donald B. Cerf Center. The event is free and open to the public.  

Established in 1975 to honor the 27-year teaching career of former professor Royal Humbert, the annual Humbert Lecture focuses on “dealing critically and constructively with relevant issues in the area of religion and culture”.

Bretherton is a professor of theological ethics and a senior fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. His most recent book, Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy (Eerdmans, 2019), focuses on political theology, Christianity and why democracy is a central means for pursuing the flourishing of shared life.

Before joining the Duke faculty, he was a reader in theology and politics and convener of the Faith & Public Policy Forum at King’s College London. He has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs, mission agencies and churches around the world, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe.

He has published five books, including Christianity & Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness, which won the 2013 Michael Ramsey Award for Theological Writing. His primary areas of research, supervision and teaching are Christian ethics/moral theology, the intellectual and social history of Christian political thought, political theology, the relationship between Christianity and capitalism, missiology and practices of social, political and economic witness.

For more information or accommodation requests, contact EC Assistant Professor of Religion Dr. Joseph Cunningham at or at 309-467-6331.