Campus Carry, Civic Conversations, and Public Intellectuals

It is my expert opinion as a Christian who has lived through three mostly disastrous decades of Christian engagement with politics that we do not best convert people through political issues when we seek to pronounce the Christian position on it, when we use politics as medium for the gospel. Second, it is my opinion as an emerging scholar in rhetoric that my field speaks to all people and also has deep ties to Christianity. And as a “public scholar” I note those two facts while urging a collective, democratic approach to issues at hand.Read more…

Next Steps for the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) — Part 1

As some of you know (may even remember), 5 years ago I became the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). What a privilege it has been to be part of connecting, encouraging, equipping and mentoring a growing network (4,200+) of those on the academic pathway (undergrads, grad students, postdocs and early career faculty) via blogging, facebook, ministry/conference partnerships, paper.li, and twitter.Read more…

Rhetoric and Religion in the 21st Century

10/6: Veritas UTK Panel at Conference on Rhetoric and Religion

Professor Emeritus John Hardwig and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA staff Julian Reese will discuss how an atheist and an evangelical Christian, through the Veritas Forum at UTK, forged a mutually productive rhetorical partnership in the context of a major public university. Read more…

How Christians relate to the world — Nigel Biggar

Nigel Biggar[1] How Christians relate to the world (1/26/2013) from oxfordchristianmind (46 min, 32 sec). Teaser: [A] vocation is a very particular duty. Just a word about vocation here. A vocation is not the same as a particular job orRead more…

Week in Review: Kuyper at the World Cup Edition

What are you reading, watching, thinking about this week? As usual, here’s a few which have been on our mind. Let us know your thoughts on any/all of them. If you have items you’d like us to consider for theRead more…