St. Paul's Anglican Church is hosting an author event for Lawrence Clayton to promote his latest book, The Andean Cross. Copies of Mr. Clayton’s book will be available for purchase, and signing from 6:30-7:30 PM.
Ever since Europeans discovered and came to conquer and colonize the Americas, a great question occupied European Christians. Did Jesus Christ, or his immediate successors the Apostles and the first Christians who followed, cross the great Atlantic or Pacific Oceans and proselytize among the indigenous peoples of the New World? Read the story of what may have happened. Using his knowledge of the age of the Conquest, the author begins with a shipwreck and an artifact and weaves the story of the Andean cross, a piece of Christian culture that is both American and European. This faced-paced story spanning Europe, North America, and Latin America will electrify you with its implications on the great age of the Encounter and the secrets and mysteries of Christianity that still fascinate so many.
Lawrence Clayton was born in October 1942, in Summit, New Jersey. He lived in Peru for seven years. He attended Duke University (B.A., 1964), and earned his M.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1972) at Tulane University in Latin American History. From 1964-1966 he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy on the USS Donner (LSD-20), cruising both in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet. He was on the faculty of the University of Alabama from 1972-2013. He directed the Latin American Studies Program from 1980 to 1992. He was Chair of Department of History 2000-2007 and was Interim Chair, 2009-2010. His specialties focused on Latin American history and the history of the Christian church. He is now Professor Emeritus of History. He retired in 2013. He held two Senior Fulbright Lecturing Awards, one in 1983 to Costa Rica and one in 1988 to Peru. In 1983 he served as President of the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies. In 1999 he held a year-long Pew Evangelical Scholars Fellowship.