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Lecture Series Addresses Identity and Culture

University Relations // 10.19.2016

Dr. Joshua ChatrawThe annual Values and Ethics Series highlighted identity and culture with guest speaker Dr. Joshua Chatraw, associate professor of theology and apologetics and executive director of The Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement at Liberty University.

Chatraw said culture impacts our identity because it tells us where we stand and what is valuable and tells us what we should stand against. He used graduation speeches as an example of echoing the culture. Graduation speakers tell graduates to look within to find themselves.

However, finding true identity has everything to do with finding God. The question of identity is answered in Genesis 1 where God created man and said it was good. “We are designed to know the giver of these good gifts,” said Chatraw. “If you find your identity from something other than God, you will be unstable.”

The final lecture is Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. in WCCL 102-103. Alternate Chapel credit is offered for this lecture.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The University's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.