Daryl D. Schmidt Lectureship on Religion in Public Life
The Daryl D. Schmidt Lectureship on Religion in Public Life commemorates the life and work of a longtime TCU religion professor and New Testament scholar who believed that scholars should and can make a difference in society.
Interfaith Leadership Today: Building a Healthy Religiously Diverse Democracy
October 3, 2017
Brown-Lupton University Union, TCU Campus
During his 28-year career at TCU, Dr. Schmidt often quoted the words of a Texas minister, who said to him when he first arrived: “You can take the Bible literally or you can take it seriously.” Daryl took the Bible seriously, believed that his work as a scholar deepened his own faith and shared his vision of scripture willingly and tirelessly with countless Sunday school classes, weekend workshops, seminars and monthly study groups.
Daryl never wrote or said anything solely for the scholarly community” says one of his colleagues. “He was never content to hole up in some dusty library or camp out in an ivory tower.
His German Mennonite roots, where faith is inseparable from community, and his egalitarian spirit stayed with him throughout his life. The establishment of this lecture series continues his legacy by deeply engaging the questions of faith and reaching out into the public places where Daryl Schmidt lived his life and shared his passion for taking the Bible seriously.
The content of Jesus’ ethical teachings is noticeably absent from most descriptions of what Christians say they believe about Jesus. For example, “turn the other cheek” and “give the shirt off your back to anyone who asks for it” are seldom on anyone’s top ten list of most important things to believe about Jesus.