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 Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL), Office of the President and Office of the Provost will present the inaugural “Readers Meet the Author: A Virtual Reading Group for Baylor Faculty," an event which will feature author Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program, from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

The event will consist of reflection and conversation with Baylor faculty about Jacobs’ new book “Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind.”
After careful deliberation, we have decided to postpone this year’s Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture on “Living Accountably” until fall 2021. We will announce the exact dates as soon as we can.
As Baylor faculty, we are entrusted with a special mission. For us, excellent teaching always has been about helping students to learn more than just the content of a course. We also hope that our students will learn to seek wisdom, and thus live with meaning and purpose according to their God-given vocation (or calling). The commitments of the Christian faith are not add-ons for a place like Baylor. Instead, since 1845, faith has animated teaching and learning.

The present global health crisis and our swift transition to online education compel us to ask a new question: how might faith animate teaching and learning online?