Faith in the Academy: Shaping Our Disciples
Exploring positive contributions that a Christian faith-perspective can make to core disciplines in today?s academy

Conference resources

Item Talks
Plenary Talks    
  Jonathan Chaplin
(Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge)
Christianity and Political Theory: Faith and Learning in a Social Science Discipline

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  Adrienne Chaplin
(Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto)
Faith in Aesthetics: Art, Beauty and Perception in Christian Perspective

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  Richard Weikart
(California State University, Stanislaus)
The Darwinian Worldview and Ethics

For many avid proponents, Darwinism is more than just a scientific theory of origins. They consider it an all-embracing explanation for just about every aspect of human existence, explaining human nature, behavior, and even religion. I will examine specifically the way that Darwinism has been applied to ethics, both in the past and today, and then I will suggest Christian responses.

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Short Presentations    
  Andrew Basden
(Salford Business School, University of Salford)
Shaping the Information Systems Discipline

Why we need philosophy to understand information systems and what kind of philosophy we need.

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  David Booth
(University of Birmingham)
Biological science, cultural history and biblical scholarship: Christian theology of academic disciplines in the 21st century

Secularisation of British universities is also growth of specialisms needed to appreciate God?s creation, both social and natural. Christian academics face multidisciplinary tasks that re-establish the unity of the social and natural in God?s creation.

My talk will focus on a mental mechanism formed by interacting neurogenetics and family culture that not only differentiates us from the most similar existing species, as Genesis teaches that the image of God does, but also is remarkably close to what the whole Bible teaches that God is like.

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  Gwynne Davies
(Retired Academic and Chartered Civil & Structural Engineer)
Shaping Structural Engineering Design - Welded Tubular Steel Joints

1) Poor behavioural understanding and consequently inadequate design procedures.
2) Application of so-called neutral Newtonian Mechanics to theoretical and laboratory testing internationally for offshore/onshore locations in polar/equatorial regions based on risk assessment against flexibility, cracking, fracture and collapse under various external actions.
3) National value considerations; role of imperfections, variability and errors in joint fabrication.
4) Role of International Friends through Working Group contact and regular International Symposia.
5) Shaping of the design recommendations depended on the dynamic interaction of the Group?s individual members, involving courage and humility.

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  Debbie Dickson
(Research student, School of Education, University of Nottingham)
Thinking Biblically about thinking Biblically: Chinese students and the UK church

In recent years a number of students from China have returned home having professed faith in Christ in the UK. Some, however, do not join the home church. My research will consider whether and how their core values, and thinking, actually change. This presentation introduces the research and the contribution it seeks to make.

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  Sue Halliday
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  Arthur Jones
(WYSOCS Senior Tutor)
Shaping Biology The missing link between the Bible and many areas of life today is a Biblical worldview.

But for a Christian critique of any field of research and teaching a worldview approach is not enough. For that we need a systematic understanding of how beliefs influence science. An appropriate analytical tool is outlined for biology and its use illustrated with reference to the fields of heredity and evolution.

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  Richard Russell
(Christian Studies Unit)
The constitution of any possible academic discipline

How every discipline is constituted by philosophy (ontology & epistemology) and how this in turn is controlled by religion - a model of how this works

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  Roy Squires
The Systemic Nature of Knowledge and Ignorance

My research into the historical sociology of marginal medicine was the later impetus for further work on the systemic nature of knowledge/ignorance within the asymmetries of organisational power. We now need some serious work to develop an epistemology and phenomenology of ignorance.

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  Howard Taylor
(Chaplain, Heriot-Watt University)
Intelligent Design

Paper submitted following the conference.

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  Feedback Session Talks (mp3 file 68 MBytes)