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October 3, 2013 | DAVID SWARTZ
Assistant Professor of History at Asbury University
“The Evangelical Left: Oxymoron or Opportunity?”
The Annual Franz Lecture

October 8-10, 2013 | OWEN GINGERICH
Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science at Harvard University
"On the Nature of Science"

October 28, 2013 | MATTHEW MILLINER
Assistant Professor of Art History at Wheaton College
“Visual Heresy: Imaging the Father in the History of Art”
The Walter and Darlene Hansen Lecture

November 14, 2013 | MARK NOLL
University of Notre Dame
"The Chaotic Coherence of Sola Scriptura"
The Richard F. Gross Distinguished Lecture Series

A Conference at Gordon College

December 5, 2013 | RABBI JAMES RUDIN
Saint Leo University and American Jewish Council
“American Christianity Today: A Jewish Perspective”—A Discussion with Marv Wilson

February 10, 2014 | ANTHONY ESOLEN
Professor of Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization,
Providence College
“Life Under Compulsion: Killing the Liberal Arts”

February 27, 2014 | RUTH GROENHOUT
Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Calvin College
“Care, Suffering, and Justice: American Medicine in the 21st Century?”

March 20, 2014 | MARY ANN GLENDON
Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University, Former US Ambassador to the Holy See
“Politics as a Vocation?”

April 25, 2014 | The 10th Annual Debate of the Jerusalem and Athens Forum
2014 | The Protestant Reformation

April 10, 2014 | Gordon College Symposium
“The Presence of the Past: How History, Memory and Tradition Shape our Lives”


February 14, 2013 | JENNIFER BRYSON
Director, Islam & Civil Society Project, The Witherspoon Institute, Princeton University
“Religious Freedom and the Arab Spring”

February 21, 2013 | PATRICK SMITH
Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
“Valuing Life at the End of Life”

April 4-5, 2013 | MIROSLAV VOLF
Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, Yale Divinity School
Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith and Culture
“Understanding Religious Violence: A Theological Response”

April 18, 2013
Gordon College Symposium
"What is Beauty?"

Watch keynote address: "Dove Descending: Tom Howard on T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets"

April 29, 2013 | LEILA AHMED
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity, Harvard University
"Women and Islam Today"

September 12, 2013 | PETER BERGER
Professor Emeritus of Religion, Sociology and Theology, and Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs
"Religion and Other Curiosities"

Watch Part 1 - "How My Views Have Changed"
Watch Part 2 - "Religion, the West, and the World ca. 2013"

An open faculty-student discussion hosted by the Jerusalem and Athens Forum of the new Gordon College faculty book, Economic Growth: Unleashing the Potential for Human Flourishing (AEI, 2013).

Authors: Stephen Smith (Economics and Business), Bruce Webb (Economics and Business)

Respondents: Dorothy Boorse (Biology), Greg Carmer (Dean of Christian Life)

A homecoming discussion with a panel of JAF alumni

Panelists: Steve Armandt, Josh Birdsall, Amy Gentile, Iza Wisniewska


February 2–3, 2012
Brad Wright, associate professor of sociology, University of Connecticut
"The Media and Christianity"

February 16, 2012
Stephen Pope, professor of theology, Boston College
"Human Evolution and Christian Ethics"

March 6, 2012
Karl Giberson, physicist and author
“The Language of Science and Faith”
The Annual CRUM Lecture

April 19, 2012
Gordon College Symposium
"Hope: Making All Things New"

April 26, 2012
Carol Zaleski, professor of world religions, Smith College
"The World to Come: The Afterlife in Christian Thought"

May 31-June 2, 2012
Christians in Political Science Conference
"Power and Justice: Perspectives on Political Order"

September 13-14, 2012
Michael Gerson, opinion writer and nationally syndicated columnist, Washington Post
“Whose Responsibility is Opportunity?”
The Richard F. Gross Distinguished Lecture Series

September 23, 2012
David Taylor, pastor, artist and author
“For the Beauty of the Church”

October 4, 2012
Carlos M. N. Eire, Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University
"Did Miracles Ever Cease? The Reformation and the Supernatural"

October 25, 2012
Russell R. Reno, editor, First Things
“Piety and the Life of the Mind”

November 29, 2012
Massimo Faggioli, assistant professor, University of St. Thomas
“Vatican II: Catholicism Then and Now”


February 3–4, 2011
Ralph Wood, Professor of Theology and Literature, Baylor University
"G. K. Chesterton: The Case for Christian Joy in an Era of Horror"
"J.R.R. Tolkien on a Long Obedience in the Right Direction"

March 2–3, 2011
John Franke, Lester and Kay Clemens Professor of Missional Theology
Biblical Seminary (PA)

March 31, 2011
Tal Howard—Book Release Event
God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide

April 14, 2011
Gordon College Symposium
A. J. Gordon Celebration: 175th Birthday Celebration
"Origins and Originality: Keeping the Faith"

September 22–23, 2011
Nigel Goodwin, Executive Director, Genesis Arts Trust
"Art, Faith and Culture"

November 3–4, 2011
Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor of Religious Studies, North Park University
"The Gospel Jesus and the Apostles Preached"

November 30, 2011
Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute
Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners
"Debate: Is Free Enterprise Moral?"

December 1-2, 2011
Gideon Strauss, President, Center for Public Justice
"The Welfare State Ideal and the Public Debt Reality"


January 25, 2010
Matthew Schmalz, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross?
"Understanding Mormonism"

March 23, 2010
Andrew Bacevich, Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University 
"Reinhold Niebuhr and American Foreign Policy"

March 26, 2010
Andy Crouch, Senior Editor, Christianity Today International
"Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling"

April 16, 2010
C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University
Rev. John Behr, Dean and Professor of Patristics, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
Russel Hittinger, William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies and Research Professor of Law, University of Tulsa
"Imago Dei: Human Dignity in Ecumenical Perspective

April 22, 2010
Gordon College Symposium 2010
"The Image of God: Who are we that God is mindful of us?"

June 9-12, 2010
Biologos Workshop
Speakers: Claudia Beversluis, Provost of Cavin College; Peter Enns, Senior Fellow, Biblical Studies of BioLogos; Darrel Falk, President of BioLogos; Karl Giberson, Vice-president of BioLogos
"A Dialogue on Creation"

September 9-10, 2010
Jody Hassett Sanchez, President, Pointy Shoe Productions
SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade
"Justice and the Global Slave Trade"

October 19-22, 2010
Post-Colonial Roundtable at Gordon College
"Postcolonialism and Christianity"

October 21, 2010
Mabiala Kenzo, Professor of Theology, Ambrose University College and Seminary
Brian McLaren, Author, Pastor and Speaker
"The Post-Colonial Conversation: Why it Matters to Evangelicals in the Global North and South"

November 11, 2010
Dinesh D'Souza, Author and former White House policy analyst
Bart Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Prof. of Religious Studies,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Theodicy, God and Suffering"


February 6, 2009
"Islam, Christianity and the War on Terror"
Dinesh D'Souza

February 19-20, 2009
"The Threat of Culture"
William Edgar
Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary

March 19-20, 2009
"Orthodoxy and Evangelical Renewal"
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Author "The Illuminated Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation"

March 26, 2009
"Intelligent Design on Trial"
Ted Davis 
Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College (Grantham, PA)

April 23
Gordon College Symposium 2009
"Creation Care: The Challenges and Opportunities of the Ecological Crisis"

April 30, 2009
"Creation and Providence in a World of Good and Evil"
Tom Oord 
Northwest Nazarene College

August 26, 2009
"Greek Chorus"
Karin Coonrod
Lecturer, Yale University and Yale School of Drama
Founding Director of Compagnia de Columbari

September 11, 2009
"Understanding the Psalms"
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, lecturer in the field of Jewish spirituality
Leader of Congregation Shirat Hayam, Swampscott, Massachusetts

September 18, 2009
"Psalm 137: The Anguish of Exile and the Joy of Jerusalem"
Dr. Jon D. Levenson
Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University

October 1-2, 2009
"The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind: Fifteen Years Later"
Mark Noll
Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

October 22-23, 2009
"The Lord is My Shepherd: Rediscovering the Personal God of Psalm 23"
Rabbi Dr. Michael Samuel, Congregational rabbi, Torah scholar
Author of The Lord is My Shepherd: Rediscovering the Personal God of Psalm 23

November 12-13, 2009
"Christian-Jewish Relations in America: Forty Years in Retrospect"
Rabbi A. James Rudin
Adjunct professor, St. Leo University and syndicated columnist


January 31--February 1, 2008
"Children of the Creative Age in the Church of Today and Tomorrow"
Makoto Fujimura
Founder and President of International Arts Movement

February 8, 2008
Gordon College Symposium 2008--Session I
"Shalom: The Right Order of Things"

February 14-15, 2008
"Evangelicalism at the Crossroads" A Conversation with Stan Gaede
"Faith, Virtue and Knowledge"
Dr. Dallas Willard
Professor in the School of Philosophy, University of Southern California

March 28, 2008
Gordon College Symposium 2008-Session II
"Shalom: The Right Order of Things"

April 11, 2008
Gordon College Symposium 2008-Session III
"Shalom: The Right Order of Things"

April 21, 2008
"Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis"


February 15-16, 2007
"For the Health of the Nation"
Rev. Richard Cizik
Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals

April 19, 2007
Gordon College Symposium 2007
"Authenticity: To Know Truly and be Truly Known"

September 13-14. 2007
"Jesus in Beijing"
David Aikman
Former Senior Correspondent and Foreign Correspondent with TIME Magazine

September 20, 2007
"Evangelicalism at the Crossroads: A Conversation with Stan D. Gaede"
CCS Scholar in Residence

October 15, 2007
"Faith in the Halls of Power"
D. Michael Lindsay
CCS Guest Author

November 10, 2007
"Faith and Foreign Policy Forum"
The New Hampshire Institute of Politics-Saint Anselm College

December 3, 2007
"Galileo and Intelligent Design"
Dr. Owen Gingerich
Senior Astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science Emeritus at Harvard University


January 19-20, 2006
"Martin Luther King and Other Lessons from the Last Century"
Dr. Roger Wilkins, George Mason University
Former Assistant Attorney General of the United States

February 9-10, 2006
Barrington Annual Seminar
"Religion, Morality and Politics: Thinking with Augustine"
Dr. Eric Gregory, Princeton University

April 6, 2006
Gordon College Symposium 2006
"Peace, Justice and Reconciliation: Can you have one without the other?"

September 14-16, 2006
"USA with the World: Christian Voices for Peace with Justice"
A retreat involving 20 Christian scholars engaging in discussion about America's role in the world.

September 28-30, 2006
"Christ in Contemporary Cultures: A Cultural Studies Conference"
Dr. Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton University
Download flier for this event

November 3-6, 2006
"A Trialogue Among the Abrahamic Faiths"
Imam Yahya Hendi, Dr. Jennifer Hevelone-Harper and Rabbi David Klatzker

December 1, 2006
"Highly Favored: A Symposium on Mary Across Christian Traditions"
Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Helen H.P. Manson Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary


January 24-29, 2005
"Globalization and its Competing Gospels"
"Third Mission to the West-Challenges and Opportunities in Winning Back our Civilization"
Dr. Os Guinness—CCS Visiting Scholar

March 31, 2005
CCS Fellows Event: Public Dialogue on Art and Faith
Dialogue VI: Summative Dialogue at Andover Newton Theological School

March 31–April 1, 2005
"Global Christianity and the Future of Liberal Arts Education"
Dr. Philip Jenkins
Author of "The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity"

April 4-6, 2005
"Theology through the Arts"
Dr. Jeremy Begbie, Associate Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge
Honorary Professor at the University of St. Andrews

April 21, 2005
Gordon College Symposium 2005
"The Coming of Global Christianity: Turning The World Upside Down"

May 6, 2005
Christians Engaging Culture: Present and Future Models for Public Policy Practitioners, Politicians and Scholars
Case Study II at Calvin College
Topic: "Confounding Partisanship and Special Interest Politics by Promoting a Legislative Agenda Based on Principles and Interpersonal Coalitions"
Paul DeWeese, Former Member of the Michigan House of Representatives

October 20-21, 2005
"Christians in the Media"
"The Global Church Through the Eyes of a Journalist"
Peggy Wehmeyer, World Vision Report-Host and Managing Editor

October 28, 2005 
Christians Engaging Culture: Present and Future Models for Politicians, Public Policy Practitioners and Scholars
Case Study III at Gordon College
Topic: Engaging Scholars in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
James Waller, Professor of Psychology, Whitworth College

October 29, 2005
"William Wilberforce: How as Individuals We can Change the World"
Kevin Belmonte-CCS Visiting Author

November 16, 2005
"Our Turn in the Garden: Christian Heritage and the Next Generation"
"Faculties and Families: Women's Vocations and the Christian College"
Debra Rienstra, Calvin College

November 28--December 2, 2005 
"A World Safe for Diversity: Living with our Deepest Differences in an Age of Exploding Pluralism"
"The Gospel and the Global Era"
Dr. Os Guinness-CCS Visiting Scholar


February 27, 2004
CCS Fellows Event: Public Dialogue on Art and Faith
Dialogue II: "The Lanesville Murals" featuring the work of Bruce Herman

April 19-23, 2004
Gordon College Symposium 2004
"Vocation: Called to Make a Life--Called to Make a Difference"

April 23, 2004
CCS Fellows Event: Public Dialogue on Art and Faith
Wayne Forte--"Art into Faith"

September 19, 2004
CCS Fellows Event: The Genesis Project
"Exploring Creation in Gordon Woods"

October 4, 2004
"Unbinding Prometheus: The Promises and Pitfalls of Biotechnology"
Dr. Gilbert Meilaender, President's Council on Bioethics

October 8, 2004
CCS Fellows Event: Public Dialogue on Art and Faith
Ted Prescott on Beauty

November 4, 2004
Christians Engaging Culture: Present and Future Models for Politicians, Public Policy Practitioners and Scholars
Case Study I at Gordon College
Fostering Environmental Responsibility on the Part of the Watermen of Chesapeake Bay
Susan Emmerich, Trinity Christian College (IL)

November 19, 2004
CCS Fellows Event: Public Dialogue on Art and Faith
Tanja Butler on Art and Worship