Christ, the Academy and the (Post-)Modern World
Harry Blamires famously claimed that the 20th Century was a time of historic rupture between Christianity and the major intellectual institutions of Western Culture.
As a result, the present generation of scholars and educators have inherited a world in which Christianity is considered either peripheral to the life of the university or antithetical to the pursuit of scholarship.
Our series of conferences in 2019-2020 explored this supposed rift between Christianity and the life of the mind. What are the occasions of these frictions – and their causes? What distinctive challenges does the modern world provide for Christian scholarship? And what new opportunities? How might Christian vocation and mission be carried out in such an environment? Who are the most important intellectual voices with whom Christian academics should engage today? In our conferences, Christian scholars reflected on these questions – helping them situate themselves and their academic vocation in relation to these issues.