Christian Scholars' Conference 2016
Justice: Meaning and Practice
June 8-10, 2016
CSC mourns with its director, Dr. David Fleer
From Lipscomb University president Randy Lowry:
"It is with great sadness that I share the sudden and unexpected death of David and Mae Fleer's youngest son, Nate. Nate Mark Fleer was 25 years old and a resident of Rochester, Michigan. He was very bright having attended the Honors College at Oakland University. Nate's dad, David, has made a tremendous contribution to our university, both as a faculty member in the College of Bible and Ministry and as the creator of the nationally-impactful Christian Scholars Conference. He travels extensively, especially as part of his work in racial reconciliation. At this point in time, the Fleers would be encouraged by our prayers and expressions of concern. Please pray that David, Mae, Luke and Marianne, Josh and Megan will find the strength for the difficult days ahead and ultimately, a sense of God working in their lives, even through this tragedy."
We ask that you lift Dr. Fleer and his family to God in your prayers.
Registration for CSC16!
CSC mourns Phyllis Malherbe
Michael Sandel: "Justice"
2016 plenary speaker Michael Sandel presents a profound and challenging series of lectures on ethics and morals.
Thoughts for the New Year
As we begin the new year, watch 2016 plenary speaker Landon Saunders discuss four ways "to get to what really matters":
Calls for Papers going up
New Section Committee: “Cross and Crescent: Intersections of Christianity and Islam”
The Cross and Crescent session explores the historic interactions between Islam and Christianity. The session welcomes papers on a wide range of topics within this field: socio-political contact, holy books and sacred traditions, Islamic law, art and architecture, spirituality, historiography, debate and apologetics, philosophy, and translation movements, among others. The broad aims of Cross and Crescent are to bring scholars and communities into dialogue about sacred texts, faith, and traditions and to foster learning and deeper understanding of historic interreligious contact between Muslims and Christians. Inspired by the recent discovery in Birmingham, England of the oldest Qur’anic manuscript, this year’s focus is: “The Origin of the Qur’an: Questions, Problems, and Areas for Exploration.”
- David Kneip, Abilene Christian University
- Trevor Thompson, Abilene Christian University
- Kelli Bryant Gibson, Abilene Christian University
2016 plenary speaker Linda Pastan publishes new book!
Update on Tom Olbricht
We have heard that Tom is home, and that he has returned to church. We appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers!
Update on CSC friend and 2014 plenary speaker, Phyllis Tickle
Phyllis Tickle, who delivered one of the more memorable and impactful plenary addresses in CSC history (2014), passed away on September 22. Her vibrance, quick wit, and keen intellect impacted the spiritual lives of many people through her poetry, lectures, essays, and books. Read more here.
Status of Malherbe Papers and Holladay Address from the 2014 CSC
We have received notice from Troy Martin, editor of Biblical Research, that the journal will contain papers presented at the 2014 CSC.
Biblical Research 59 (2014) will feature the manuscript of Carl Holladay’s plenary lecture along with the session papers presented by David Rankin, Johan Thom, and Clare Rothschild.
Biblical Research is the official publication of the Chicago Society of Biblical Research, the second oldest biblical society in North America. It was formed a few years after the SBL. Two of those who presented this summer are members, and Abe Malherbe embodied the philological, literary, historical, and cultural concerns of this society and its goal of reading biblical texts against their ancient contexts. Troy Martin writes, “I am so pleased that we can honor Abe in this way.”
The issue will be out by the middle or end of this summer and will be indexed in the ATLA Database and available online in this database in full text sometime in 2017 or two years after the publication of the print issue. To order a print copy of this issue (BR 59 - 2014), you may contact Richard Choi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Christian Scholars’ Conference
The mission of the Christian Scholars' Conference is to create and nurture an intellectual and Christian community that joins individuals and institutions to stimulate networks of scholarly dialogue and collaboration.
The conference was created in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Pepperdine University, and has since been hosted by several universities associated with Churches of Christ. The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, business, law, education and medicine to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith.
In service to its mission, the CSC has adopted a model wherein the conference is hosted at Lipscomb University and every fourth year rotates to a supporting university. Our recent history and future plans:
Lipscomb University (2008-10)
Pepperdine University (2011)
Lipscomb University (2012-2014)
Abilene Christian University (2015)
Lipscomb University (June 8-10, 2016; June 7-9, 2017; June 6-8, 2018)
Lubbock Christian University (June 5-7, 2019)
Lipscomb University (2020-2022)
The conference is funded by registration fees and the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference Endowment Fund. If you would like to contribute to the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference Endowment Fund, please click here.*