Imagine Your Department Changed
Imagine this with me. Sit back in your office chair. Take a sip of coffee. Put your hands behind your head. Now think about what your department would be like if the truth claims of Jesus Christ were respected by your colleagues. Sound far fetched? Impossible?
Well, imagine the impact if the following were true: 1) Top-notch scholars in your field are thinking about the key issues of your discipline as they relate to the Christian faith. 2) These scholars are networked together and are in constant communication with each other. 3) Common research areas are considered and grants are won to consider a Christian perspective. 4) Position papers and peer reviewed articles are published with a godly worldview. 5) Outreach tools are developed to help you share this worldview with your colleagues, grad students and undergrads.
Sound far fetched? Impossible? That depends on whether you believe our faith has something to say about issues like ethics, history, philosophy, human nature, the use of scientific knowledge, and the list goes on. Bringing one's discipline and faith together in academic integration is a critical part of a Christian's call to the university.
Many scholars have been involved in this process over the years, but the upcoming conference called "God and the Academy" in Atlanta, Georgia, June 21-25, 2000 will help to accelerate the 5 areas mentioned in the second paragraph above. The conference, co-sponsored by Christian Leadership Ministries and Ravi Zacharias Ministries, will feature some of the best minds in the Christian community, discussing issues of apologetics, academic integration, communication skills and direct ministry.
Just imagine. Sound possible? Visit the web site with complete registration information at: http://www.clm.org/chartthecourse. You can read about the speakers, see the conference schedule, view the wonderful accomodations at Georgia Tech's Olympic Village, and much more.
Scripture: Ephesians 3:20-21 -- "Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or imagine, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."
Action Point: Check out the God and Academy website and encourage others in your discipline locally or nationally to attend.
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