Throughout the year, faculty gather to discuss issues of pressing concern for contemporary moral, political, and intellectual life with Gordon students. Previous discussion topics and faculty participants are listed below.
Some discussions are available at Gordon College's iTunes U site and may also be accessed with the links provided below. (If you need iTunes, click for a free download.)
September 24, 2013 | The Ethics of Economic Growth?
The Jerusalem and Athens Forum hosts an open discussion of a new Gordon faculty book, Economic Growth: Unleashing the Power of Human Flourishing (American Enterprise Institute, 2013).
Stephen L.S. Smith, Professor of Economics and Business
Bruce Webb, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Business
Gregory W. Carmer, Dean of Christian Life
Dorothy Boorse, Professor of Biology
March 26, 2013 | The Life and Witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Roger Green, Terrelle B. Crum Chair of Humanities, and Professor and Department Chair of Biblical Studies
October 30, 2012 | Death with Dignity or Physician-Assisted Suicide?
A Panel Discussion of Ballot Question 2 in the Upcomming Election
October 26, 2012 | "Archival Inspirations: The Life and Photography of Clover Adams"
Natalie Dykstra, Associate Professor of English at Hope College (Holland, MI)
October 22, 2012 | "Is Religious Liberty in America under Threat?"
Dan Russ and Tim Sherratt
November 7, 2011 | "What is Conscience?"
Lauren Barthold, Bert Hodges, Steve Hunt
Read the review of this event, "Forging Christian Conscience" in Notes Along the Way by John Mirisola
March 1, 2011 | "The 'Two Cultures' and the Christian Academy"
Karl Giberson, Steve Alter
Having read C.P. Snow's seminal work "The Two Cultures" (Cambridge, 1959), science faculty and students joined JAF students to discuss these divisions.
February 22, 2011 | "American Evangelicalism and the Future of Seminary Learning"
Frank James III, Provost of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA
November 1, 2010 | "American Populism, The Tea-Party Movement and Mid-Term Elections"
Steve Alter, Lawrence Holcombe, Ruth Melkonian-Hoover
This discussion will center around these readings from the New York Review of Books, New York Times, The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.
November 17, 2008 | "Forgive Us Our Debts"
Greg Carmer, Judith Oleson, Bruce Webb, Stephen Smith
November 13, 2007 | "The Undead God? Christianity and Contemporary Europe"
Paul Brink, Tim Sherratt, Gregor Thuswaldner, Emmanuelle Vanborre
March 1, 2007 | "The Protestant Reformation and the Church"
Malcom Reid, Stan Gaede, Greg Carmer, Roger Green
December 5, 2006 | "Christianity and the Moral Imagination"
Dan Russ, Mark Sargent, Elaine Phillips, Gregor Thuswaldne
April 18, 2006 | "Has the Age of Designer Children Arrived?"
Kaye Cook, Mark Gedney, Agnes Howard, Craig Story
November 17, 2005 | "American Evangelicalism and the Question of Tradition"
Bruce Herman, Jennifer Hevelone-Harper, Paul Borgman, Dan Russ, Bruce Webb
February 10, 2005 | "Is the Market Moral?"
Tim Sherratt, John Mason, Stephen Smith, Daniel Johnson, Bert Hodges
November 18, 2004 | "Thinking Responsibly about Evil in a Post-9/11 World"
Greg Carmer, Kaye Cook, Mark Gedney, William Harper, William Waldorf