Is temptation in and of itself morally wrong? What do philosophers say about our tempting desires? What do theologians say?

A symposium at Kilgore College will focus on the topic, “Are We Responsible for Our Tempting Desires?” The free event is 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Devall Student Center Ballroom.

The symposium is the sixth in a series connected to the anniversary of the Oct. 31, 1517, Reformation. The symposiums were created to bring people together to seek a deeper understanding of each other in various church communities, organizers said. Through the mutual sharing of knowledge and ideas, organizers believe the Holy Spirit will draw people closer to the union Christ desires for all.

Tyler Junior College professor Abigail Bruxvoort will give an opening presentation followed by a short break with refreshments. After the break, three local pastors will respond briefly to the presentation before the four panelists field questions from the audience.

The symposium will be moderated by former Kilgore College instructor Terry Booker.

Bruxvoort, who will be awarded a doctorate in philosophy from Northwestern University in December, earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Northwestern and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Houghton College.

The pastors and ministers scheduled for the panel include the Rev. Ben Bagley of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, the Rev. Jayson S. Galler of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and Jeneille Lagrone of First Christian Church.

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