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Christian Scholars' Conference

Plenary Speakers, Lectures and Special Sessions

2019 Plenary Speakers

David Brooks

The CSC is thrilled to have David Brooks headline the 2019 CSC. Brooks is one of America's most prominent political commentators who writes a bi-weekly OpEd column for the New York Times and is a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. David has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. David's most recent book, The Road to Character, explores the path to a deeper inner life and explains why selflessness leads to greater success. His previous books include The Social AnimalOn Paradise Drive, and Bobos in Paradise. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years and has written for The New YorkerForbesThe Washington Post, and other periodicals.

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Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning Palestinian-American poet, writer, and educator. Nye is Professor of Creative Writing - Poetry at Texas State University. Having written and/or edited over 30 volumes, poetry books, essays, short stories, and anthologies, her most recent book is Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners, and her upcoming book of poems is entitled The Tiny Journalist; the release of which is expected for April, 2019. Her children's novel The Turtle of Oman was chosen a Best Book of 2014, a Notable Children's Book in 2015, and was awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature. She has been featured on National Public Radio, The Writers Almanac, and two PBS poetry specials. Nye describes herself as a "wandering poet". Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, her travel experiences and the cultural diversity of her home, she uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity. 

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David Gushee

The 2019 Fred D. Gray Plenary lecturer will be Professor David P. Gushee who serves as the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia. One of the premier Christian ethicists in the world, Professor Gushee is the author or editor of twenty-four books, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Changing our Mind, Still Christian, and his latest book, Moral Leadership for a Divided Age which he co-wrote with Colin Holtz. Professor Gushee is the immediate Past-President of the American Academy of Religion, and is Past-President of the Society of Christian Ethics. A husband, father, and grandfather, he lives with his family in Atlanta.

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John T. Fitzgerald

The 2019 Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary lecturer will be Dr. John T. Fitzgerald. The title of his lecture is "Good Kids Spoiled Brats: Perspectives on the Task of Properly Rearing and Educating Children in the Ancient World and Early Christianity." Having earned an M.Div., M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D., from Yale University, Fitzgerald is now the Director of Master of Theological Studies and Early Christian Studies and Professor of Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame. He is the recent ACU Carmichael-Wailing lecturer and an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature. Fitzgerald is currently researching the economy and domestic violence in antiquity and the role of friendship in the spread of early Christianity.

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2019 Lectures

Miroslav Volf

We are pleased to announce that Miroslav Volf will return to the CSC, this time in Lubbock and as the Landon Saunders Lecturer on the Human Being at the Nexus of World and Faith. Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He has earned doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He has written or edited more than 20 books and over 100 scholarly articles. His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace, and Allah: A Christian Response. His next book, For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference, co-authored with Matthew Croasmun, is scheduled for release in January, 2019. 

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Katharine Dell

With our focus on Wisdom, Katharine Dell is the perfect scholar to present the fifth annual J.J.M. Roberts lecture in OT studies at the 2019 CSC in Lubbock, Texas. If you were to ask biblical scholars to list the five most significant biblical wisdom experts currently in the world, most lists would contain the name of Katharine Dell. Ever since her dissertation under John Barton at Oxford University on the book of Job, in which she challenges its categorization as wisdom literature, Professor Dell has been a creative and seminal force within the field. She has published extensively, but most notable are her The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context and Interpreting Ecclesiastes: Readers Old and New. Dell has published both an introduction to the Wisdom Literature, Get Wisdom, Get Insight and of the Old Testament, Opening the Old Testament. She has also co-edited volumes on the intertextuality in Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Recently she published a spirited response to the New Atheists, such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, Who Needs the Old Testament. She is co-editor of the forthcoming New Oxford Bible Commentary and co-authoring a forthcoming book on Ecclesiastes (International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament). Professor Dell is currently Reader in Old Testament Literature and Theology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. Catharine’s College. She is from a clergy family and a member of the Church of England, where she preaches occasionally.

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Brian E. Daley, S.J.

The 2019 Everett Ferguson lecturer will be Brian Daley, the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity and History of Christianity at the University of Notre Dame. He received degrees from Fordham University and Oxford before getting his Ph.L. from Loyola Seminary and the D.Phil, from Oxford. Fr. Daley is a historical theologian who specializes in the study of the early Church, particularly the development of Christian doctrine from the fourth to the eighth centuries. He has prepared a critical edition of the works of the sixth-century Greek theologian Leontius of Byzantium, which is to appear in the series "Corpus Christianorum," and has written a number of articles for scholarly journals on ancient Christology, Trinitarian theology and eschatology. Daley won the Ratzinger Prize in 2013.

2019 Special Events

Wisdom of the Ages

LCU has procured a rare and remarkable exhibit for the 2019 CSC. The Wisdom of the Ages exhibit features a world class collection of manuscripts, first and early edition works in original form. On loan from The Remnant Trust, this exhibit provides opportunities for individuals to hold, examine, and contemplate classic literary works that are usually unavailable.

To give you a sneak peek of what to look forward to at this exhibit, the following are just five of the dozens of documents that will be available during the CSC:

  • Abraham Lincoln (Emancipation Proclamation, 1st ed., 1862)
  • Aesop's Fables (1st ed., 1692)
  • Aquinas (Incunable, 1475, Summa Theologiae Pars Secunda)
  • Calvin (Institutes, 1st Octavo, 1578)
  • Frederick Douglas (Equality of All Men Before the Law, 1st ed., 1865)

"Apprenticeship In Art - Two Writers" The Pre-Session

On Tuesday evening (June 4th) the CSC will feature a unique and enriching conversation among two remarkable writers, John R. Erickson (author of the Hank the Cowdog series) and Nathan (S.J.) Dahlstrom, (author of the Wilder Good series). Erickson and Dahlstrom will explore their craft and the mentoring relationship they enjoy. What does mentoring look like between two artists? The career of Texas writer John R. Erickson began in the 60s at the University of Texas and then onto Harvard Divinity School. He later left academia to become a working cowboy back home and the internationally-known children’s author of the Hank the Cowdog series, selling over 9 million copies and having been courted by Disney. In his later years he funneled his wisdom and experience with the craft of writing into Nathan (S.J.) Dahlstrom who has gone on to publish his own award-winning children’s series. The slow but deliberate apprenticeship in craft and art from one artist to the next is a process too often accomplished outside the academy. Erickson and Dahlstrom will discuss their narrative and how the process can be mutually beneficial and why it must continue. 

This event is free and open to the public.

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Bob and Jan Randolph Luncheon

We are grateful to announce that at the 2019 Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars’ Conference will have the opportunity to honor the life and work of Bob and Jan Randolph. For almost forty years Bob and Jan Randolph mentored scores of students and hundreds more through Harvard, MIT and the Brookline Church of Christ, “creating and nurturing an intellectual and Christian community” for the benefit of countless communities around the world. Given the Randolphs’ legacy of mentoring young scholars and nurturing healthy ties between the academy and church and because of the strong relationship they have established over the years with the CSC, we joyfully express our gratitude to Bob and Jan with a luncheon in their honor, replete with testimonies and the announcement of a project that will live into the trajectory of their lives and career.

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