The Institute for Faith and Learning sponsors occasional reading groups for faculty for timely or timeless books on topics related to the intersection of faith and learning. These discussions sometimes culminate in a lecture by the author on campus.
A sampling of past groups have been organized around the following books.
From time to time, the Institute for Faith and Learning hosts or co-sponsors with other departments lectures by visiting guests as well as members of Baylor's own faculty.
University of Virginia
"Good Kids: Thinking Anew about the Moral Formation of Children"
April 5, 2018
Thomas S. Hibbs
"Skills, Virtues, and the Christian University: Liberal Learning in an Illiberal Time"
April 19, 2017
L. Gregory Jones
Duke Divinity School
"It's Not (Only) About You"
April 21, 2016
University of Chicago
"Christian Moral Courage"
April 23, 2015
St. Norbert College
"Friendship with God: Embodying Charity as a Way of Life"
April 24, 2014
Loyola University, Maryland
"Jay-Z vs. Lorde: The Whig-Tory Dispute in Business Ethics or Hume and Smith versus Aquinas and Kant"
March 24, 2014
"Pope Francis and the Problem of Hope"
March 25, 2014
Reading and discussion of Unapologetic: Why Despite Everything Christianity Cna Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense
November 4, 2013
"Parkland Hospital, November 1963"
October 24, 2013
Professor of German and Director, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin College
"Teaching as a Christian Practice"
February 21, 2013
Charles Taylor & James Davison Hunter
"An Afternoon Conversation with Charles Taylor and James Davison Hunter on Politics, Faith, and the Future"
November 27, 2012
James Davison Hunter
Labrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia and Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
"Christianity, Politics, and Power"
September 22, 2011
Fr. Uwe Michael Lang
Coordinator of the Master's program in "Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy," Università Europea di Roma/Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum and staff member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Vatican
"Heart Speaks to Heart: John Henry Newman as a Reader of the Church Fathers"
January 25, 2011
Director, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmunds College, Cambridge
"The Dawkins Delusion: Debunking the Conflict between Science and Religion"
October 21, 2010
James K. A. Smith
Associate professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of congregational and ministry studies at Calvin College
"From the Classroom to the Dorm Room and Back Again: Formation Across the University"
April 23, 2010
Br. Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J.
Astronomer and Curator of Meteorites at the Vatican Observatory
The Virtuous Astronomer: How the Work of Science Is Shaped by the Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love
March 2, 2010
Lecturer, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham
"A Screening and Discussion of the BBC Documentary Did Darwin Kill God? with the Film's Writer and Presenter" November 4, 2009
Professor of Theology and Ethics, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
"Hospitality and Higher Education: An Invitation to a Way of Life"
March 17, 2009
Director, Center for Religion and Society
"A Lutheran Vision of Baptist Christian Higher Education"
November 8, 2007
Editor, Books & Culture
"The Political Captivity of the Church?"
September 4, 2007
Tjerk de Reus
Dutch journalist & cultural critic
"Why Was the Great Grandson of Vincent Van Gogh Killed? Christian Responses to Islamist Violence in the Netherlands"
Sponsored by the Baylor University Department of Religion, Center for Jewish Studies, and the Institute for Faith and Learning
October 25, 2006
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
"God, the Creator and Heavenly Father"
Hosted by the Department of Physics and Co-sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning
January 11, 2006
David C. Schindler
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions
"Free Thinking or Freedom for Thinking? An Untimely Meditation on the Nature of Academic Freedom"
November 3, 2005
Assistant Professor of Humanities
Department of Humanities and Augustinian Tradition
"Consider the Lillies: Why the Protestant Work Ethic Is So Awful"
October 27, 2005
"The Enchantments of Mammon: Corporate Capitalism and the American Moral Imagination"
Hosted by the Institute for Faith and Learning and co-sponsored by the Honors College
October 28, 2005
Senior Lecturer in Theology University of Wales, Lampeter
Inaugural Traditio Lecture: "Aquinas and Newton on Trinity and Motion"
April 1, 2005
Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology
Princeton Theological Seminary
"Can We Know God?"
February 24, 2005
Naomi Schaefer Riley
"God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation are Changing America"
February 10, 2005
Jorge L. A. Garcia
Professor of Philosophy
"Race in Christian Higher Education"
March 29, 2004
Associate Professor of Mass Media and Religion
Palm Beach Atlantic University
"The Passion and the Press: Inside a Media Storm"
March 9, 2004
Professor of Geography and Intellectual History
The Queen's University of Belfast
"The Idea of a University: Irish Interventions"
February 12, 2004
Associate Professor of Law
"Justice, Mercy and a Humbling Walk: The Christian Challenge to the Vocation of Law"
November 13, 2003
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology
"The Soul of W. E. B. Du Bois: Critically Integrating Faith, Learning, and Social Justice"
October 3, 2003
Visiting Distinguished Professor of History
"The International Legacy of Jonathan Edwards"
September 24, 2003
Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion & Director, Center for Religion and Society
"The Most Contentious Claims of Quality with Soul: How Six Premier Christian Colleges and Universities Keep Faith With Their Religious Traditions"
April 24, 2003
"Vocation as Another Proof for the Existence of God"
April 24, 2003
"Christian Engagement with Higher Education: The Vocation of a Christian Scholar"
April 25, 2003
Byron R. Johnson
Director, Center for Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society
University of Pennsylvania
"Overview of the Relationship Between Spirituality and Social Issues"
April 16, 2003
"The Opportunities and Obstacles in Conducting Faith-Based Research: Being Wise as a Serpent and Gentle as a Dove"
April 16, 2003
Distinguished Professor of Religion and Director, Center for Faith and Learning
"How Christian Faith Can Sustain the Life of the Mind: The Power of Christian Traditions"
February 13, 2003
"What Might It Mean to Teach from a Christian Perspective?"
February 14, 2003
University Professor of Theology and Literature
"On Keeping Our Scholarship Free: How to Avoid Becoming Either Conservatives or Liberals"
November 20, 2002
C. Stephen Evans
University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities
"Must Christian Scholarship Be Overtly Christian?"
October 9, 2002