Christian Scholars Conference: Phyllis Tickle

Christian Scholars Conference: Phyllis Tickle is in the past.

The 2014 Christian Scholars’ Conference presents Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the religion department of Publisher’s Weekly, the international journal of the book industry. She will speak at 3:45 p.m. in the Collins Alumni Auditorium on “Being Citizens and Settlers in the Strange New Land of Emergence.”

Tickle is frequently quoted in print sources, electronic media and innumerable blogs and web sites. She is an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer on the subject.

Tickle is the author of over three dozen books in religion and spirituality, most recently “Age of the Spirit,” “Emergence Christianity-What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters,” “The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why” and “The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord.”

In September 1996 she received the Mays Award, one of the book industry’s most prestigious awards for lifetime achievement in writing and publishing, and specifically in recognition of her work in gaining mainstream media coverage of religious publishing.


The Christian Scholars' Conference is a conference for theologians and scholars in any discipline, designed to nurture an intellectual Christian community that stimulates scholarly dialog and collaboration. This year’s conference theme is leadership in the academy, religion and civic life. The Phyllis Tickle lecture is the conference's Robert E. and Bonnie Cone Hooper Plenary.

Each year various conference sessions and activities are free and open to the public. Other free events at this year’s conference include:

Christian Scholars Conference:  Lamin Sanneh
Friday, June 6
2:15 p.m., Acuff Chapel

Christian Scholars Conference: Elizabeth Clark
Friday, June 6, 3 p.m.
Nursing and Health Sciences Building

To see details on all the Christian Scholar's Conference events go to