2020-2021 Conferences

the Christian Faith and Scholarship:
Vocational and Theological Perspectives

After last year’s theme of ‘Christ, (Post-)Modernity and the Academy’, focussing particularly on the challenges and opportunities presented by twentieth and twenty-first century (post-)modern philosophy, this year’s conferences will broaden out to consider foundational principles for integrating faith and scholarship. The Autumn conference will consider this topic from a vocational perspective, while the Spring conference will look at it from a theological perspective.

Autumn Conference:
Vocational Perspectives

Saturday 21 Nov, 10.00am-12.30pm on Zoom

Personal interviews and insights, with:

  • Prof John Lister (University of Cambridge)
  • Prof John Lennox (University of Oxford)
  • Dr David Glass (Ulster University)

How does lockdown change or illuminate our vocation as Christian academics? How can we contribute to ‘human flourishing’ in these circumstances? How can we draw on our academic work to point others to Christ, especially when we rarely have the opportunity to meet with other people? This conference will feature interviews with Christian academics working in different contexts who will share how they are serving Christ as an academic during CV19, exploring vocational principles which are relevant across all the disciplines. 

Programme – part 1

The first half the programme will consist of interviews, conversation and Q&A, covering the following range of topics:

Prof John Lister:

  • How being a Fellow at Trinity provides opportunities for witness
  • Experiencing CV19 as a Cambridge academic
  • How our faith helps us navigate the current challenges

Dr David Glass:

  • Research opportunities at the interface of science and religion
  • Recent work modelling second wave CV19 outbreaks
  • Personal experience of outreach in European universities

Prof John Lennox:

  • On his use of lockdown, including his publication on Artificial Intelligence and its implications for humanity
  • Lessons learned from sharing the gospel with people during this pandemic 

Programme – part 2

There will also be an opportunity to meet with other postgraduates in your faculty via breakout rooms, which will also be arranged geographically where appropriate.

With many physical faculty buildings closed down, this will provide a unique opportunity to meet other Christians in your field and discuss together the vocational principles from the interviews. 

Register now via Eventbrite to secure your place.

Spring Conference:
Theological Perspectives 

What does it mean to ‘integrate Christianity and scholarship’ or ‘(re-)connect your faith and your studies’? And how would one go about that? What are some of the theological building blocks to help us integrate the Christian faith and scholarship? What does it mean to go about this in a way that brings glory to Christ, and is faithful to his word? After the vocational focus of the Autumn conference, here we will examine underlying theological perspectives, with discipline-specific discussion and application. The programme will be announced shortly – please subscribe to our mailing list (link below) to be notified when registration opens.

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