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March 7, 2009 at 11:30 AM EST
105 Ives Hall
Upstate NY Christian Graduate-Faculty Conference
In 1994 Mark Noll published a seminal book entitled The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, which was an indictment of the failure of evangelicals to be good stewards of the life of the mind.
Although it has become customary in some Christian circles to proclaim the lordship of Christ over every phase of existence, for intellectual life that proclamation is often abstract or imprecise.
Noll is currently working on a new volume that will be a positive statement regarding the resources available in historic Christianity for developing a Christian mind.
The three lectures of this conference will focus on these resources:
1) Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind–Perspective
2) Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind–Principles
3) Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind–Practices
More specifically, these talks try to be concrete about what it means within the university world to confess that “in him [Christ] all things were created . . . in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16, 17). The first talk argues for the relevance of beliefs about Christ for intellectual life; the second suggests how those beliefs can provide general orientation for the life of the mind; the third tries to be specific about using teachings concerning the person and work of Christ for directing individual academic tasks.
This conference is designed for Graduate Students and Faculty members but is open to the public.
Dr. Noll will also give a public lecture on Friday March, 6th on science and religion, and on Thursday, March 5th he will speak on race and politics at the Cornell Club in New York City. See Events for more information.