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The Reason for God. What then is the nature of apologetics and why do we participate in an apologetic task at all?

In my last post, I said that as an academic teaching religion, I should not consider that my role as a teacher is apologetic in its nature. And by that I mean that I can teach religious systems (in my case Catholic theology) as religious systems without feeling like I have a responsibility to point out where these religious systems do not agree with the basic tenets of Christianity or with my own position as an evangelical Protestant. But this raises the question, what then is the nature of apologetics and why do we participate in an apologetic task at all?

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Ard Louis[1] The calling of Christian postgrad students and academics (1/29/2012) from oxfordchristianmind (52 min, 52 sec).

Description: 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)?

Getting to know Ard Louis (Reader in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford): Last spring I had opportunity to connect with Ard Louis at a conference. I appreciated extended conversation with an InterVarsity alumnus who brought international perspective to graduate studies in the United States, was blessed by participating in an InterVarsity fellowship, and continues following Christ with passion as an academic in another country. In addition to checking out the resources available at Developing a Christian Mind at Oxford [2], I also took time to soak in his excellent Veritas Forum presentations, e.g., Does Science Make Faith Obsolete? at Johns Hopkins University and Science and Spirituality at Swarthmore College. Continue Reading…

The Bookworm by Carl Spitzweg

What a joy to have Micheal Hickerson return to the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) blog to share The Best Christian Book of All Time: One Year Later (2/13/2014). A slam dunk. Thank-you Mike!

I pray that many of you have been and continue to be inspired to draw from the library of books found in The Best Christian Book of All Time Selection Show.

This year we’re turning to . . .

Which topics must Christians be prepared to engage in today’s higher education?

What is the inspiration for ESN’s March Madness ’14? Continue Reading…