Profiles In Goodwill: Wayne Flynt


Wayne Flynt says his favorite Scripture passage, Matthew 25, warns that it is not what we believe that gets us into heaven but by how what we believe affects our ethics toward other people.

Wayne Flynt is a retired Auburn University history professor and is known as "the conscience of Alabama." He was an interviewee in "Sacred Texts, Social Duty," EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and taxation, and was named EthicsDaily.com's Baptist of the Year for 2011.

His articles that have appeared on EthicsDaily.com are available here.

1. Where did you grow up?

I attended 12 schools between ages 6 and 14 in too many towns to count, mainly in Alabama and Georgia.

2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

Matthew 25.

In this chapter, Jesus warns that it is not what we believe that gets us into heaven but by how what we believe affects our ethics toward other people.

3. What is your favorite movie? Why?

"To Kill a Mockingbird."

The theme of not judging others until you stand in their place and walk in their shoes is timeless and biblical.

4. Who are three people you admire?

James Homer Flynt (my father), Mae Ellis Flynt (my mother) and Dorothy Flynt (my wife).

5. What is one little known fact about yourself?

I am a basketball junkie (perhaps a brief legacy from playing center on Auburn First Baptist Church's runner-up championship city league team). Deep in this slow, athletically challenged white man's body is the spirit of my favorite Auburn basketball player, Charles Barkley.

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