|What does our calling to be disciples of Christ mean for our academic vocation (whether temporary as students or longer term as a career)? What are some of the promises and pitfalls of the scholarly life? How can academics and postgraduate students serve and relate to the wider body of Christ (the Church)? We believe that considering these questions is a matter of Christian discipleship for graduate students and postdocs of faith. Through lectures and discussion, the Christianity and the Life of the Mind conference creates space for an academic and personal introduction to the aim of Developing a Christian Mind at Oxford.|
Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 January 2016
Ship Street Conference Centre, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Along with talks, the day will include prayer, discussion sessions, morning coffee and tea, lunch, afternoon coffee and tea.
Saturday 30 January 2016
9:00 a.m. Registration opens at Jesus College’s Ship Street Conference Centre, just off Cornmarket Street.
How Christians relate to the world (Nigel Biggar)
The doctrine of creation and the science of nature (Alister McGrath)
This lecture explores how the Christian understanding of creation has influenced the development of modern science, and opens up the question of how best to understand the relationship between modern science and the Christian understanding of reality. Several approaches will be explored, showing how we can have a constructive dialogue between faith and science, leading to an enrichment of both.
The calling of Christian postgrad students and academics (Ard Louis)
Based on his own academic career and experience with postgraduate ministry in several countries, Dr. Ard Louis will discuss the main themes of the conference in the light of questions such as: What does our calling to be disciples of Christ mean for our academic vocation (whether temporary as students or longer term as a career)? What are some of the promises and pitfalls of the scholarly life? How can academics and postgraduate students serve and relate to the wider body of Christ (the Church)?
What does it mean to be human? (Elaine Storkey)
The social sciences in particular have implicit or explicit convictions about what is wrong with the world, and many individual scholars are driven by the desire to improve society and to alleviate suffering. How do these understandings relate to the Christian understanding of sin and evil?
Panel discussion: Faith and scholarship
5:30 p.m. Conference closing
Subject to availability: Dinners hosted in homes with academics across Oxford
Sun 31 January 2016
9:00 a.m. Coffee & croissants
Devotional reflection on faith and the academic life
What went wrong with humankind? (Elaine Storkey)
This lecture discusses how the Christian understanding of the human being steers a course between individualism and collectivism, between fatalism and personal freedom, between materialism and ‘idealism’; and how its personal and communitarian understanding of the human being is grounded in the Trinitarian God.
Looking to the future: Christian living and scholarship in light of the world to come (Michael Lloyd)
“Christian ethics is ultimately about living now, as far as is possible, the sort of life we shall be able to live when all things — ourselves included — have been renewed. We are to be pictures of, and pointers to, the beauty, harmony, goodness and purity of the new world God is committed to bringing in” (M. Lloyd, Café Theology). This talk indicates how the eschatological redemption affirms, challenges, and directs the lives of Christians generally and their vocations as scholars specifically.
Concluding with a Sandwich lunch
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