Institute for Faith and Learning
Faith Animating
Baylor and Beyond

About Us

The Institute for Faith and Learning was founded in 1997 to assist Baylor in achieving its mission of integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment, and its goal of becoming a university of the first rank committed to its Baptist and Christian heritage. Since its founding, the Institute has developed several major programs in support of this mission, cultivating high-quality research, sponsoring conferences, mentoring students, and encouraging teaching faithful to the Christian intellectual tradition.

Baylor Symposium
on Faith and Culture
Each year, the Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture addresses significant issues from the vantage point of Christian intellectual traditions. It thereby embodies Baylor University's aspiration to cultivate reflective engagement with the world of public ideas and issues, especially in a way that acknowledges the relevance of Christian questions, convictions, and contributions. Featuring leading national and international scholars-and including a wide range of participants from varied denominational, private, and public universities-the symposium is convened annually by Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning.

News & Events

The full version of the 2017 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture is now available online. This includes the titles, times, and dates of all panel and paper presentations as well as presenter information.

This year's symposium, entitled The Bible and the Reformation, features a broad and diverse lineup of speakers and topics. You may visit the symposium's webpage for more information by clicking the headline.
The Spiritual Life and Character Formation Task Force was formed to re-energize a focus around the University’s Christian mission. Chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost L. Gregory Jones, the 20-member Task Force includes representatives from Baylor faculty, staff and students guided by the conviction that Baylor’s Christian mission should animate the entire life of the University.

The Task Force’s three working groups have been led by Darin Davis (Vice President for University Mission), Kevin Jackson (Vice President for Student Life) and Lori Baker (Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Collaboration and Leadership Development).
Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University, will deliver the 2017 Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics.

His lecture, “Skills, Virtues, and the Christian University: Liberal Learning in an Illiberal Time,” will encourage reflection on the aims of higher education and reaffirm the importance of the moral, intellectual and spiritual formation that a Christian university might offer.