The annual Forming a Christian Mind conference in Cambridge explores how the Christian faith interacts with personal and academic development. It aims to help postgraduates, post-docs and early career academics 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.
The conference this year starts with two plenary sessions by Prof. John Lennox on "The Cultural Mandate, the Great Commission and the University through the lens of Genesis 1-3."
After lunch, delegates will split into the two seminar options, addressing issues which are relevant to two clusters of disciplines: humanities and the arts on the one hand and sciences and medicine on the other.
1. Rev Dr Mike Ovey on "Gender and free speech: the emerging challenges" and
2. Dr Ruth Bancewicz on "Freedom in the sciences: shaping the agenda".
Following this the conference breaks up into disciplinary streams for discussion about applying what has been presented in the different schools and faculties of the university.
The findings from the breakout groups are then brought back for discussion in the plenary session, before a final call to action.
The conference formally ends at 17.30 but participants usually contine their discussions at one or more local pubs.
Further details can be found here.
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