Press Release - Middelmann Appointed 2011 Schaeffer Chair at World Journalism Institute
Feb 7, 2011
New York, N.Y., February 7, 2011–Udo Middelmann, president of the Francis Schaeffer Foundation in Switzerland, has been appointed to the 2011 Francis Schaeffer Chair of Cultural Apologetics at the World Journalism Institute at The King’s College in New York City.
As the Schaeffer scholar for WJI, Middelmann will present a series of lectures on the Christian worldview on Monday, May 16, at the institute’s capstone convergence journalism course in New York.
Udo Middelmann is a philosophy professor at The King’s College. He holds degrees in law from Freiburg University, Germany, and in theology from Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., USA. He has also worked with Dr. Schaeffer as associate pastor as well as a long-time trustee, member and lecturer at the Swiss L’Abri. Udo regularly publishes “Footnotes,” a publication of the Schaeffer Foundation. Previous books Udo has written are Pro-Existence, The Market-Driven Church and The Innocence of God, and Christianity Versus Fatalistic Religions in the War Against Poverty. Udo has also authored numerous articles and chapters to other books and papers.
Robert Case, director of WJI stated, “The opportunity of finally having Udo Middelmann speak to our young journalists is a wonderful blessing. In order to write like a Christian, one must first think like a Christian, and Mr. Middelmann has labored in Christian thinking for decades.”
Udo Middelmann grew up in Germany and became a Christian while studying at Freiburg University. Since that time he has taught courses on worldviews, Christian apologetics, religion, and philosophy in the United States, Africa, the former Soviet Union and many European countries. He has served as president of the Schaeffer Foundation for over 20 years, before which he was a trustee and member at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland.
Prof. Middelmann was The King’s College Percy Crawford Chair of the religion and philosophy department at its Briarcliff Manor campus before it moved to its current New York City campus in the early 2000s.
The World Journalism Institute’s mission is to recruit, equip, place and encourage Christian journalists in the mainstream newsrooms of first America and then the world. To that end, WJI offers courses, conferences, internship funding, and monographs on the intersection of Christianity and journalism.
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