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Detailed information about the 2021 Forum is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2020 Forum for a look at the quality of instructors, teaching, and content that will be available in the 2021 Forum's Networks. 

2020 European Academic Network

As Christian academics we often experience isolation. Being evangelicals within a secular university or liberal seminary setting isolates us from our peers, while at church, underlying anti-intellectualism may isolate us from our brothers and sisters in Christ. We may experience isolation because of the solitary nature of research, writing, and lecture preparation, or because of our own introverted and reclusive personalities.

At the same time, because of the far-reaching influence of the classroom and higher education in shaping leaders and the next generation, every Christian scholar possesses an outsized potential for multi-generational impact. Our calling is to bring glory to Christ in the university or the seminary where we serve. This is why, as followers of Christ in the academy, we must be intentional about connecting with other likeminded colleagues.

The primary purpose of the ELF Academic Network is to gather together Christian scholars throughout Europe for equipping, united, resourcing, prayer, and accountability. At the 2020 Network, you will be blessed by outstanding presenters. Each one is a recognized scholar who, in their own academic work, is living and modeling what they teach. You will have opportunities to ask questions, to discuss issues with your colleagues, and to reflect on how these principles should change the way you think and live and teach.

Participants should be teaching or working in a university, seminary, Bible institute, or other post-secondary educational institution.  Post-graduate and doctoral students who hope to serve Christ in the academy are also welcome.  Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

 

NETWORK LEADER

Daryl McCarthy serves as Vice President of Academic Programs and Strategy with the Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL). Besides leading the ELF Academic Network, he also directs the Cambridge Scholars Network. Daryl has traveled to more than 55 nations, speaking at universities, conferences, and churches. In 1988 he helped launch Global Scholars and served as CEO/President until 2014. Earlier, he taught for several years at Kansas Christian College.  Daryl earned a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary, as well as graduate degrees from Nazarene Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Daryl and his wife Dr. Teri McCarthy lived in Lithuania from 2010 to 2015, where they taught at Lithuania University of Educational Sciences in Vilnius. They have a son and daughter who are both married and they have five grandchildren.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Fraser Fleming is Professor and Head of the Chemistry Department at Drexel University. He earned his BS (Hons.) at Massey University, New Zealand, and a PhD under the direction of Edward Piers at the University of British Columbia, Canada. After postdoctoral research with James D. White at Oregon State University, he joined the faculty at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 1992. In 2013 he took a temporary position as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation working in the Synthesis Program and the Catalysis Program. His research interests lie in stereochemistry and organometallics, particularly as applied to the reactions of nitriles and isonitriles. He is a member of the American Scientific Affiliation and a founding member of the Christian Academic Fellowship (CAFÉ) at Duquesne University and a second CAFÉ at Drexel University. He has a long-standing interest in science and religion with the publication of his book The Truth About Science and Religion in 2016.

Os Guinness (www.osguinness.com) is an author and social critic. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil. in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.   Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance, Time for Truth, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, and The Global Public Square. Several of his books are recommended reading for all Christian academics including The Call, Fit Bodies, Fat Minds, Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion, Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times, Impossible People:  Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization. Since moving to the United States in 1984, Os has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. He was the lead drafter of “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012. Os has spoken at many of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences across the world. He lives with his wife Jenny in the Washington, DC area.

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics (emeritus) at Oxford University and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford University, and teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Professor Lennox is particularly interested in the interface of science, philosophy, and theology and his books include 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity, Where is God in a Coronavirus World?, Can Science Explain Everything?, Against the Flow (on Daniel), Seven Days that Divide the World (on Genesis 1), Gunning for God (on the new atheism),Stephen Hawking and God (a response to The Grand Design) and God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?. He has debated a number of prominent atheists, including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Peter Singer. (www.johnlennox.org)

Michael Longinow is a senior faculty member in Biola University’s Department of Media, Journalism and Public Relations. He earned a BA in political science at Wheaton College (IL), an MS in news-editorial journalism at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), and a PhD in educational policy studies at the University of Kentucky. He has contributed chapters to numerous anthologies on the history of evangelical Christianity and the intersection of media, faith and culture. Longinow is active in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and was a founding adviser member of the Advisers of Christian Collegiate Media (ACCM). He is a frequent workshop presenter and panelist at national conventions of the Evangelical Press Association, Associated Collegiate Press, and College Media Advisers (CMA/ACP). Longinow has three grown children and two grandchildren. He and his wife Robin are active in Chino Valley Community Church in Chino Hills, CA. They live in Yorba Linda.

Teri McCarthy earned her PhD in education and second language acquisition from the University of Kansas.  She also has a Master’s Degree in education and a Bachelor’s Degree in mass communication and journalism.  Teri co-authored Teaching in a Distant Classroom (InterVarsity Press), a handbook for Christian professors, which is now in its third printing and has been published in Korean as well. She has traveled, taught, and conducted research in more than 50 countries.  Teri has taught in public universities internationally for over 30 years, including in China, Russia, and Afghanistan.  From 2010 until recently she taught in Lithuania, including six years as associate professor at Lithuania University of Educational Sciences in Vilnius.

 

J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.  He received a B. S. in physical chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Southern California.  He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to ninety-five books, including Does God Exist? (Prometheus), Universals (McGill-Queen’s), Consciousness and the Existence of God (Routledge), The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism, Debating Christian Theism (Oxford.), Scaling the Secular City, Kingdom Triangle, and most recently, Scientism and Secularism and Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought Peace.  He has also published over 85 articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, MetaPhilosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, and Faith and Philosophy. Moreland was selected in August, 2016 by The Best Schools as one of the 50 most influential living philosophers in the world.  He has co-planted three churches and spoken and debated at over 175 universities.

R. Philip Roberts is currently serving as the Director for International Theological Education with Global Ministries Fellowship. Previously he served as President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and as Vice President of the North American Mission Board with particular emphasis in urban ministries and interfaith evangelism.  He holds a Ph.D. degree from the Free University of Amsterdam and an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  His research has been in the area of Baptist studies and history.  He has also published and written a number of books on interfaith evangelism including Mormonism Unmasked and has contributed to The Counterfeit Gospel of Mormonism.  Additionally, he has served as executive director of the videos The Mormon Puzzle and The Cross & The Crescent, both produced by the North American Mission Board.  Dr. Roberts also served on the boards of two European theological seminaries and the Evangelical Ministries to New Religions.  He has published numerous articles and is also a prolific preacher and evangelist.  Other memberships include The Evangelical Theological Society and the International Society of Christian Apologetics, where he served as President.

Daniel von Wachter (www.von-wachter.de) is professor and director of the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein (www.iap.li). He is German and studied philosophy and theology at Munich, Liechtenstein, Innsbruck, Hamburg, and Oxford. Before he moved to Liechtenstein, he was a professor in Chile. Metaphysics and philosophy of religion are the main areas of his research. His method is within what is associated with analytic philosophy, but he places himself in the broader tradition of European philosophy, especially Protestant scholasticism and the non-deterministic philosophers of the 18th century.

 

 

NETWORK PROGRAM

Day 1

The Bible and the Christian Academic
Phil Roberts

Although the Bible is the most influential book and most published book in the world, it is rarely referred to in higher education. What has been its impact in academia? How can Christian academicians utilize the Bible in their various disciplines as well as in their personal lives and witness? How can we promote its message and relevance in the secular academy? Why should every Christian academic think biblically?

 

Comenius: The Pedagogue of All Nations
Teri McCarthy

In 1928, the President of the Czechoslovak Republic, T.G. Masaryk, wrote, “Comenius was one of the first to demand an educational and cultural policy in the true sense of the word. Today he would have expressed himself as a believer in progress. From a practical point of view the rebirth was attained by education--by a new system of education. Thus Comenius became the teacher, the pedagogue, of all nations.” By looking at Comenius’s example and following his philosophy of education, we as Christian educators can help instigate real change in our institutions and in the lives of our students.


Day 2

Neo-Marxism and Social Justice in Western Culture and the Academy

Daniel von Wachter

Many Christian academicians are upset and surprised about the rapid changes in Western higher education and culture regarding LGBT, the family, abortion, and free speech, but they do not know much more than that this is bad. This talk will demonstrate that neo-Marxism is the root of much of the current rejection of biblical principles in society and education. This talk will explain what neo-Marxism is, how we can detect it, how it is related to man‘s fallen state, and most importantly how Christian academicians should respond.

 

Impossible People:  Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization
Os Guinness

The church in the West is at a critical moment. More than ever Christians must resist the negative cultural forces of our day with fortitude and winsomeness. What is needed is followers of Christ who are willing to face reality without flinching and respond with a faithfulness that is unwavering. We must be "impossible people" serving an impossible God.  We must have hearts that can melt with compassion but with faces like flint and backbones of steel who are unmanipulable, undeterrable, and unclubbable, without ever losing the gentleness, the mercy, the grace, and the compassion of our Lord. We must engage secularism and atheism in new ways, confronting competing ideas with discernment and fresh articulation of the faith.


Day 3  

Writing: The Power of Words to Change Your World
Michael Longinow

Words have never been more important. And they have never been more misunderstood by audiences that are increasingly post-literate in a digital universe. Your ideas, your vision for change are trapped within your mind and your soul unless you can find ways of turning them into narratives that reach hungry readers. Writers are not born; they are made. And the making of a writer is the journey of a lifetime. This session will guide you into understanding yourself as a person of words, of narratives, and of audiences. Just as you navigate a complex world with your feet, so should you navigate it through your words — crafted and shaped by the time and space, the moments in history that are unfolding all around you.

 

Christianity and Scholarship
Fraser Fleming

We usually think of Jesus as a great teacher, but very seldom do we think of Jesus as being a brilliant person in the same way as a Nobel laureate. Jesus' life indicates that he was profoundly intelligent, readily grasping complex situations for which he provided stunning solutions. This presentation will move from a biblical foundation to focus on the integration of Christianity and scholarship from the perspective of developing a Christian mind and how this can guide teaching, service, and scholarship.


Day 4

Daniel:  Standing Strong for God in a Secular Society
John Lennox

Daniel's story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive and academic power. Daniel and his friends did not simply maintain their private devotion to God; they maintained a high-profile witness in a pluralistic society antagonistic to their faith. If Daniel and his compatriots were with us today they would be in the vanguard of the public debate. What was it that gave Daniel and his three friends, the strength and conviction to be prepared, often at great risk, to swim against the flow in the academy, in government, and in an alien culture?

 

The Nature of and Problems with Scientific Naturalism
J. P. Moreland

This presentation will be an assessment of scientific naturalism:  We will examine the three aspects of Scientific Naturalism as a worldview and explain their interrelationship. Then we will look at several reasons why Scientific Naturalism lacks the epistemological resources and explanatory power to be a rationally acceptable worldview.

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