RE: [asa] Contrasts in the Christian Academy (was "NFLC 2008 Physical Sciences Call for Papers")

From: Dick Fischer <>
Date: Thu Jan 10 2008 - 11:01:57 EST

Since I live in the local area I would probably go to this event. I
just attended the American Historical Association conference in DC last
week. If any others would like to go we could covey up somewhere in
Arlington and go in force. The New Baptist Covenant convention is at
the end of this month in Atlanta.


Dick Fischer

Dick Fischer, Genesis Proclaimed Association

Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History




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Subject: [asa] Contrasts in the Christian Academy (was "NFLC 2008
Physical Sciences Call for Papers")


Alexanian, thanks for posting this. If anyone from the list plans to
go, let me know -- I might try to swing it.


It is extremely interesting to me to note a major contrast in the
resources offered by this organization and the speakers at the


On the one hand, the 2006 version of this conference speakers included
Francis Collins and Owen Gingerich (


On the other hand, the sponsoring organization's online bookstore
features "Darwin on Trial"
( )


I find this very confusing. Does anyone know more about this
organization, or about the folks who sit on its "life sciences" review
panel? (see here:
<> &id=502&s=43)



On Jan 9, 2008 5:13 PM, Alexanian, Moorad <> wrote:

Call for Papers
Physical Sciences

National Faculty Leadership Conference
"The Heart of the University"
June 27-29, 2008
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
<> < >

Program Committee:

Dr. Robert Kaita, Princeton University
Dr. Anand Gnandesikan, Princeton University.
David Richardson, Faculty Commons

Our vision: We strive toward the day when Christian scholars engage
every academic discipline so that Christian perspectives are heard and
respected in the heart of the academy.

The Question: What will it take to accomplish this?

We invite you to submit an abstract in response to this question related
to the physical sciences. Particular consideration will be given to
papers that compare/contrast a Christian worldview with a naturalistic
view in the physical sciences. Papers may be either philosophical or
practical and may also include the Christian history of science.

General questions include:

1. What is a Christian view of the scientific method?
2. What does it mean to make Jesus Christ the principal investigator of
your research group?
3. Does a Christian worldview result in distinctly different outcomes
from philosophical and/or methodological naturalism in physical science
4. What does it mean to be a Christian and a scientist besides being a
nicer, more ethical person?
5. What is Christ's heart for the physical sciences?
6. Is there a curricularly relevant way of teaching a Christian
perspective of the physical sciences in a state university?
7. Is science generally a Christian or naturalistic endeavor?
8. How do we equip Christians in the physical sciences to engage their
discipline from a distinctly Christian perspective?

While contributions addressing other issues can be submitted, papers
addressing these questions are preferred.

Papers selected for an oral presentation will be 20 minutes long,
followed by 10 minutes of discussion. There will also be a poster
session for additional papers.

Titles with abstracts of 300-400 words should be emailed as a MS Word
document attachment to by February 25,
2008. Please include a cover page in the Word document indicating a)
your name, b) position, c) institutional affiliation, d) mailing
address, e) email address, f) daytime telephone number, g) format
preference-paper or poster presentation (although the program committee
will make the final determination), and h) the academic track (Physical
Sciences) for which you are making your submission.

Contributors will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2008. Oral
presentations will be made on Saturday, June 28 during the academic
seminar time.

Special Book Announcement:
To order a copy (at 20% off retail) of the newly released book The Two
Tasks of the Christian Scholar: Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind,
edited by Faculty Commons staff Paul M. Gould and Dr. William Lane Craig
(Crossway, 2007), see our resource center at

This book includes lectures given at the 2006 NFLC conference by Habib
Malik, Peter Kreeft, Walter Bradley, and Bob Kaita as well as original
essays from Paul Gould, William Lane Craig, and John North. In addition,
Charles Malik's "The Two Tasks" dedicatory address given at the Billy
Graham Center in 1980 is included.

Conference web site: <>

Sponsored by
Faculty Commons
(the new name for Christian Leadership Ministries)
The faculty ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ

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