|What does our calling to be disciples of Christ mean for our academic life, 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? Considering these questions is a matter of Christian discipleship for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and academics.|
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, coffee, & croissants
9:30 a.m. How Christians relate to the world (Nigel Biggar)
How ought Christians to relate to the world? This lecture looks at a range of answers, from openness to the world to separation from it, as they influence postures toward the quest for knowledge in the modern university. In contrast to accounts of the world as inherently antagonistic or lacking in ultimate purpose, the lecture explores how Christians might tell a better story about the world.
10:15 a.m. 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.
11:00 a.m. Coffee & tea
11:30 a.m. Discussion
12:15 p.m. 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)?
Ard Louis video: The calling of Christian postgrad students and academics from oxfordchristianmind on Vimeo.
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Discussion
2:20 p.m. What does it mean to be human? (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.
3:05 p.m. Discussion
3:35 p.m. Coffee & tea
5:15 p.m. Prayer
5:30 p.m. Day closing
Subject to availability: Dinners hosted in homes with academics across Oxford
Sun 31 January 2016
9:00 a.m. Coffee & croissants
9:30 a.m. Devotional reflection on faith and the academic life (Donald Hay)
10:00 a.m. What went wrong with humankind? (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?
10:45 a.m. Discussion
11:15 a.m. Coffee & tea
11:35 a.m. 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.
12:20 p.m. Discussion
12:40 p.m. Concluding with a Sandwich lunch
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