Conference To Focus On Christian Faith And Intellectual Life

March 23, 2004

A conference examining the role that Christian faith can play in the intellectual life of the university will take place at Baylor University on Thursday and Saturday, March 25-27. "Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community" is sponsored by Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning and the Council of Christian Scholarly Societies.

Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain, The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the University of Chicago's Divinity School, will deliver the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Building. She is the author of numerous books including Just War against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World, Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy, Democracy on Trial and Women and War, among others.

Plenary speakers include 2002 Templeton Prize winner Dr. John Polkinghorne, President Emeritus of Queen's College and Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University; Dr. Joel Carpenter, provost and professor of history at Calvin College; Dr. Richard Hays, professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School; and Dr. David Jeffery, provost and Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor.

Additionally, the conference will feature a variety of academic sessions on such topics as "Christian Scholarship in Political Science: Past, Present and Future," "The Writer and Christian Intellectual Life," "The Struggle for the Heart of the Professor" and "Sabbath Environmentalism," to name a few.

All plenary sessions and the keynote address are free and open to the public. All other sessions require a registration fee of $95 for the general public and $55 for students. A complete schedule of events can be found at http://www3.baylor.edu/CCSS/events/registration.htm .

For more information, call the Institute for Faith and Learning at 710-4805.

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