Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

[2013 Archive]

Plenary Events

John Dean studied at Colgate University and the College of Wooster, majoring in English literature and political science before completing his J.D. from Georgetown University. A short five years later in 1970, having served as Chief Minority Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, Associate Director of a law reform commission, and Associate Deputy Attorney General of the USA, Dean became the Counsel to President Nixon. His involvement in the Watergate Scandal earned him four months in jail and changed both him and American legal ethics. Afterwards, he worked for a time as a private investment banker before devoting his time to lecturing and writing, primarily on law, government, and ethics. Blind Ambition and Lost Honor deal directly with Watergate while other titles look at legal ethics more broadly. Dean’s latest book, Broken Government, argues that the three branches of government have all failed to function as the Constitution intended. 

Charles Mathewes is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Virginia. He is also working in an editorial post on two upcoming books and serves on the House of Bishops Theology Committee of the Episcopal Church. He spent much of his childhood in Saudi Arabia, and was educated at Georgetown University and the University of Chicago.  Mathewes has authored several books, including Evil and the Augustinian Tradition and A Theology of Public Life, both with Cambridge University Press; Understanding Religious Ethics from Wiley-Blackwell; and The Republic of Grace, from Eerdmans, along with several edited books.  In 2003 at the age of 34 he was appointed editor of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the flagship journal in the field of religious studies, and is the youngest editor ever of that journal, where his tenure ended in 2010. In 2011 he was appointed the chair of the Committee on the Future of Christian Ethics by the Society of Christian Ethics, an appointment which will run for the length of the Committee's work. He will give a plenary address at CSC on "The Future of Political Theology."

David Miller

Before returning to school and completing his M.Div. and a Ph.D. in ethics from Princeton, David Miller worked for IBM in the USA and various equity firms in London, England, gaining 16 years worth of experience in business and finance. He went on to help found the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, where he functioned in the roles of both Executive Director of the program and Director of its Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace Program. At the same time, Miller taught in Yale’s School of Management and the Divinity School. Miller currently works in his role as the founding director of Princeton University’s Faith & Work Initiative and brings a “bilingual” perspective to current events with 16 years experience in senior executive positions in international business and finance. His book, God at Work, reflects his bilingual concerns. Miller also lectures in the Department of Religion at Princeton University and advises a number of corporate CEOs and senior executives on matters of ethics and faith at work. For this conference he will explore pressing marketplace topics surrounding faith and work, including global competition, ethics, diversity and social responsibility. 

Oleanna, a powerful two-character play, explores sexual harassment, academic politics, student/faculty relationships, and political correctness.