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From the Colloquium: LFP Postdoctoral Fellows Summary, 2012-2013

The two fellowships directed by the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts–the two-year, residential Postdoctoral Fellowships at Valparaiso University and the three-year Lilly Graduate Fellowships–both foster discussion around a set of common readings having to do with church-related higher education and the connections between faith and learning. The Lilly Graduate Fellows meet to discuss books by cohort through Google + meetings, while the Postdoctoral Residential Fellows meet on Monday afternoons at Valparaiso University. From time to time Joe and Mary Beth (and hopefully others) will report on the readings or discussions fostered by these fellowship colloquia. A full list of works read by the postdoctoral fellows can be found here.

This past fall (2012) and this current Spring Semester (2013), the residential Fellows read a series of works that addressed the question: “How might practices and perspectives from Christian faith and tradition contribute to teaching and scholarship in the contemporary academy?” In the fall, we read the following works: Robert Frost’s “Two Tramps in Mud Time” (an exploration of work and vocation); Andrew Delbanco’s College: What It Was, Is and Should Be; David Hollinger’s, “Enough Already:  University Do Not Need More Christianity,” in Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education: Perspectives Models, and Future Prospects, ed. Andrea Sterk; the Introduction from George Marsden’s The Soul of the University; The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue with Mark Noll and James Turner, edited by Thomas A. (Tal) Howard; Stephanie Paulsell’s “Writing as a Spiritual Discipline” in The Scope of our Art, L. Gregory Jones and Stephanie Paulsell, eds.; Simone Weil, “The Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God,” in Waiting for God; selections from Kathleen Norris’s, Cloister Walk and Amazing Grace; Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture, and, as Mary Beth reported, Babette’s Feast (the film).

This spring, we are reading the following: Tobias Wolff’s “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs” and “Bullet in the Brain,” both in Our Story Begins; Brad Gregory’s “The Other Confessional History: On Secular Bias in the Study of Religion,” History and Theory, Theme Issue 45 (December 2006), 132-149; several selections from Leading Lives That Matter, edited by Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass, including Bonnie Miller-McLemore, “Generativity Crises of My Own,” Abigail Zuger, “Defining a Doctor,” Jane Addams, “Filial Relations,” Martha Nussbaum, “Interview by Bill Moyers,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “The Place of Responsibility,” Frederick Buechner, “Vocation,” Will Campbell, “Vocation as Grace,” and Mary Catherine Bateson, “Composing a Life Story”; Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” The Atlantic, July/August, 2012; Flannery O’Connor, “The Nature and Aim of Fiction,” in Mystery and Manners and “The Enduring Chill”; selections from Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do, and the colloquium will attend and discuss a performance of Bach’s “Mass in B Minor.”

From time to time we’ll be reporting on the discussion of these books.

Posted by Joe Creech

New Issue of Christian Scholar’s Review

The newest issue of Christian Scholar’s Review arrived a few days ago.  Here is the table of contents:


Christian Scholar’s Review
Volume XLII, Number 1 (Fall 2012)



  • Elizabeth Backfish “My God is a Rock in a Weary Land”: A Comparison of the Cries and Hopes
    of the Psalms and African American Slave Spirituals
  • Rick Kennedy Educating Bees: Humility as a Craft in Classical and Christian Liberal Arts [Abstract]
  • Gretchen Schwarz and Jill Martin Comenius: Dead White Guy for Twenty-first Century Education [Abstract]


  • Brad A. Lau and Pamela Havey Lau Popular Music in Conversation with Christian Faith—A Review Essay [Abstract]


  • Katherine E. Loughead and Kevin R. den Dulk For the Classroom: Honoring God in Red and Blue [Abstract]


  • Alvin Plantinga, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism
Reviewed by Brian Glenney, Philosophy, Gordon College
  • Jay Riley Case, An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812— 1920
Douglas Jacobsen, Church History and Theology, Messiah College
  • Gerardo Marti, Worship Across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation
Reviewed by Todd E. Johnson, Worship, Theology and the Arts, Fuller Theological
  • Richard J. Mouw, Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction
Reviewed by David McNutt, Biblical and Theological Studies, Wheaton College
  • Ken Albala and Trudy Eden (eds), Food and Faith in Christian Culture
Reviewed by David Grumett, Divinity, University of Edinburgh
  • John Sullivan (ed.), Communicating Faith
Reviewed by Christine J. Gardner, Communication, Wheaton College
  • Michael Pasquale and Nathan L. K. Bierma, Every Tribe and Tongue: A Biblical Vision for
    Language and Society
Reviewed by Michael Lessard-Clouston, Applied Linguistics and TESOL, Biola
  • Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins
Reviewed by Matthew Emile Vaughan, (Ph.D. Student) Religion and Education,
Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

 Posted by Joe Creech

An Interesting Scholarship Opportunity for Students of Communication

Recently, this scholarship opportunity came to our attention and we thought it might be of interest to those  in religion and communications.

Each year, the Religion Communicators Council offers scholarships for students interested in religion communication to participate in RCC’s national convention, scheduled this year for April 4-6 in Indianapolis. The scholarship – which is open to undergraduate and graduate students — also includes a two-year membership in RCC. The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, design, marketing and public relations. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States and is one of the 11 member organizations who participate in the Universal Accreditation Board. Previous scholarship recipients have used their RCC networking and experiences to garner positions on the national and international levels.

The scholarship includes: paid registration for the convention; paid hotel room (double occupancy) for four nights; up to $400 for travel and meals; and paid membership to the RCC for 2013 and 2014.  Scholarship recipient would be expected to arrive in Indianapolis on April 3.  The scholarship application deadline is Jan. 31.

For more information and an application contact:

Philip Poole, APR
Executive Director, Office of University Marketing and Communication, Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35229

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Call for Papers: Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning, 2013 Symposium on Kierkegaard

The Baylor University Institute for Faith and Learning announces a call for papers for its 2013 Symposium on Faith and Culture, October 31 – November 2, 2013.  The title of the Symposium is: “Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for Our Time?”  Proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, and responses to current books are welcome. Abstracts of no more than 750 words should be submitted by July 1, 2013 using the online form at Call 254-710-4805 or e-mail for more information.

The information below is taken from the symposium website.  Read on, or click here.

Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for Our Time?

2013 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture

Thursday, October 31-Saturday, November 2

Featured speakers:

  • Richard Bauckham, University of St Andrews
  • C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University
  • Eric Gregory, Princeton University
  • Paul Griffiths, Duke Divinity School
  • Jennifer Herdt, Yale Divinity School
  • Paul Martens, Baylor University
  • Kathleen Norris, essayist, poet, and author
  • Cyril O’Regan, University of Notre Dame
  • Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame
  • Sylvia Walsh, Stetson University
  • Merold Westphal, Fordham University

On May 15, 1813, Søren Kierkegaard was born to Christian parents in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the Evangelical Lutheran Church was supported by the state with the Danish monarch as its supreme authority. Forty-two years later, Kierkegaard died while in the midst of directing an extended philosophical and theological attack on the Church of Denmark and its official representatives, whom he believed were undermining, rather than fostering, the practice of authentic Christianity.

With great passion and vision Kierkegaard engaged the challenges of his age: he articulated in his work and displayed in his brief life the journey of “becoming a Christian” within the crucible of early nineteenth-century Danish Christendom. He was perhaps the most important Christian thinker of his time. But is he a Christian thinker for our time—do his ideas resonate in our 21st-century context? To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard’s birth, the 2013 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture will host a wide-ranging exploration of this question.

“Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for Our Time?” invites reflection from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives about Kierkegaard’s life and thought, including his intellectual antecedents and the later influence of his work in philosophy, theology, literature, history, psychology, and other fields. Instead of a forum for only Kierkegaard specialists, the symposium seeks to gather a broad and diverse audience interested in the value (and limitations) of Kierkegaard’s thought for our contemporary age.

Presentation proposals are welcome from any discipline, as well as cross-disciplinary areas, especially literature, the arts, psychology, sociology, political science, communications, theology, philosophy, and biblical studies.

Possible topics include:

  • The contemporary relevance of Kierkegaard’s critique of “Christendom”
  • Kierkegaard and the Bible
  • The value of the “passions” and emotions for Christian theology
  • Kierkegaard and the human person
  • The role of “subjectivity” in coming to know Christian truths
  • Kierkegaardian themes in literature
  • Kierkegaard on “indirect communication” concerning ethics and religious convictions
  • Parables, metaphor, and the role of the imagination in Kierkegaard’s writings
  • Kierkegaard on time and eternity
  • Kierkegaard’s relation to other theological figures (e.g. Barth, Bultmann, Brunner, Niebuhr, Ramsey)
  • Kierkegaard and the virtues
  • Kierkegaard and political theology

Proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, and responses to current books are welcome. Abstracts of no more than 750 words should be submitted by July 1, 2013 using the online form at Call 254-710-4805 or e-mail for more information.

Posted by Joe Creech

Call for Applications: Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy

The Center for Christian Discernment & Academic Leadership at Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY, announces that it is now taking applications for its Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy program held in a partnership with Regent’s Park College in the University of Oxford.  This year the program is titled “Salt of the Earth:  Baptist Witness in a Post-Constantinian Age,” and will be held July 16-20, 2013. Applications are due March 1, 2013. Read the clip below from the program’s website, or click here.


In interviews given before becoming Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger observed:

“[T]he church will, in the foreseeable future, no longer simply be the form of life for the whole society…there won’t be another Middle Ages, at least not in the near future. It will always be what you would call a complementary movement, with respect to the prevailing world view…

“The church…will assume different forms. She will be less identified with the great societies, more a minority Church; she will live in small, vital circles of really convinced believers who live their faith. But precisely in this way she will, biblically speaking, become the salt of the earth again. In this upheaval, constancy—keeping what is essential to man from being destroyed—is once again more important, and the powers of preservation that can sustain [man] in his humanity are even more necessary.”

Baptists exemplify a history that fulfills the pattern described here. With origins as marginalized dissenters and non-conformists in England and as poor, agrarian disestablishmentarians in America, Baptists’ self-understanding has often been one of faithful witness amidst the compromises of their culture.

Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy will convene a select group of participants across academic disciplines to explore what it means to be the “salt of the earth” in a world in which neither Baptists nor any expression of Christianity comprises the “form of life for the whole society.” We invite essays that explore this theme in various ways, including but not limited to:

How should Baptists think about the relation of the church to the secular order and its economic, political, cultural and social expressions? For example, should the church continue, as Paul Ramsey once said, to issue advice to states as if they were Christian kingdoms, even in a post-Christian era? What exemplars might we point to in this regard (e.g., the Community of Sant‘Egidio)? What historical figures and periods will be of the most use (e.g., pre-Nicene Church Fathers, Reformation leaders, or third-world figures)?

What historical, literary, and theological contributions have Baptists made that can help Christians at the end of modernity bear witness to the superior claims that Christ’s Kingdom makes upon the faithful?

Where within Scripture or history may we find exemplary instances of God’s people being the “salt of the earth,” and what implications do they have upon the form of ecclesial life in a post-Constantinian age?


Barry A. Harvey, Professor of Theology, Baylor University – Senior Scholar

J. Bradley Creed, Provost and Executive Vice President, Samford University – Consultant 

Planning Team— Andy Chambers (Missouri Baptist University), Douglas Henry, (Baylor University), Sheila Klopfer, (Georgetown College), Elizabeth Newman (Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond), and Roger Ward (Georgetown College)



The seminar will be held in a partnership with Regent’s Park College in the University of Oxford, located in “the city of gleaming spires.” Prospective participants may apply by submitting a 750-word abstract and CV by March 1, 2013. Submissions are welcomed from any scholar identifying with the Baptist tradition, with preference given to junior level faculty at Baptist colleges and universities. Seminar participants will receive a $1000 stipend or qualified travel support, lodging, and meals. See for general information or contact about specific questions.

Posted by Joe Creech

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