Campbell Divinity Students to Increase Understanding of World Religions

A Christian scholar whose lifelong journey has been to promote a Christian perspective on Islam, has joined the Campbell University Divinity School this semester to enlighten the students with his ample knowledge on Islam and other major world religions.

Dr. George W. Braswell, Jr., a recent retiree from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, where he was named Distinguished Professor of Missions and World Religions in 1998, will serve as an adjunct professor at Campbell, teaching World Religions.

According to seminary news release, Braswell stated that “Islam is a system that integrates religion, culture, government and politics.”

“I believe our gospel presents to the world a person-Jesus Christ,” he told Christians and Muslims at a conference in Virginia last fall. “That makes all the difference. We’re not out there to give them a system, but a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

His experience in Iran as Southern Baptist missionary from 1967 to 1974 has certainly played a part in building his expertise on the subject. There he taught English and Comparative Religions at the University of Teheran and was also an associate director of Armaghan Institute.

A native of Emporia, Va. and a resident of Wake Forest, NC., Braswell is a graduate of Wake Forest University, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He has been a spokesperson on many occasions for the topic of Islam and world religions, including the Campbell University Staley Lecture in 2003 when he delivered a lecture on Islam.

Dr. Braswell has written eight books, including “Understanding World Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Islam,” and numerous articles to provide readers a new viewpoint on world religions.

“Dr. Braswell is an excellent teacher,” said Dr. Bruce Powers, associate dean of the Campbell Divinity School. “He has been very supportive of the Divinity School, having served on an advisory committee that encouraged the founding of the school.”

Dean Michael G. Cogdill added on behalf of the school, that they are pleased that their students will benefit from the experience and teaching of this outstanding Christian scholar.