Forming a Christian Mind February 2019


Forming a Christian Mind (FACM) equips Christians in the academic world for their double calling: to study excellently from the basis of a biblical worldview, and to use what they study for cultural apologetics and mission.

The conference explores how the Christian faith interacts with personal and academic development. It aims to help postgraduates and post-docs to develop their capacity to think biblically about their discipline and address the tensions between secular and Christian perspectives on their subject, both in the university and in wider society. It is open to academics across the sciences, arts and humanities, demonstrating how Christian worldview is vital to every area of study.

FACM is a movement in Cambridge constituting a partnership between the Jubilee Centre, KLICE, Christian Heritage and UCCF, with support from churches and other local ministries including the Christian Graduate Society.

The event is primarily for postgraduates, post-docs and junior academics; however anyone who is pursuing an academic career in other ways is welcome.

Date: Saturday 9th February 2019, 10:00-16:00

Venue: McGrath Centre, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Theme: Christ among the disciplines: approaching your subject in the light of the gospel

Speakers: Dr. Craig Bartholomew (KLICE) , Prof John Lennox (University of Oxford), Prof Julian Rivers (University of Bristol) and Dr Adrienne Chaplin (University of London)


9.30 Arrival and Registration

10.00 Welcome and Vision of Forming A Christian Mind

10.05 Craig Bartholomew ‘The Drama of Scripture, A Christian Worldview and Your Specialism.’

If Christ is Lord of all things, how does His Lordship apply to our academic disciplines? In this lecture, Craig will discuss the narrative of Scripture and how it speaks to our scholarship.

11.30 Coffee

12.00 Reflections from John Lennox ‘Naturalising a discipline: the sciences as a test case’

John will seek to apply Craig’s plenary to a specific discipline — the natural sciences. John will explore some tensions between the Christianity and the naturalistic worldview, and he will help us think about how to respond to them. Although the talk is centred on issues in the sciences, it will be highly relevant for researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

13.00 Lunch break

14.00 Divide into subject-specific tracks for Maths & Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities

In the afternoon, we will meet in major subject groups: Arts & Humanities, Maths & Sciences, and Social Sciences. These will be led by Dr Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin (Philosophy of Art, King’s College London), Prof Lennox (Mathematics, Oxford), and Prof Julian Rivers (Law, Bristol). These subject groups are an excellent opportunity to hear from academics who have sought to apply the Christian worldview to their discipline.

15.00 Discussion in Discipline-specific Groups

16.00 Close

Register for the event, or for more information, contact:

Listen to the talks from our November 2018 conference:

  • Opening Remarks by Tim Laurence (KLICE/ UCCF)
  • Re-awakening the biblical mind with Andrew Fellows (Christian Heritage)
  • Retrieving the biblical meta-narrative with Dr Chris Wright (Langham Partnership)
  • Rediscovering OT ethics in the modern world with Dr Chris Wright (Langham Partnership)

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July, 2018

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