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Engaging the university in research By Mitchell Thompson

Is there a space where Christians are able to engage their universities at a worldview level? Where thoughts and ideas that are shaped by the gospel can be used to stimulate ideas and research within the university?
In December 2013, I had the joy of attending the national training conference for AFES. At this conference I joined with around 30 postgraduate students and academics in the Cite1 program to think through ministry from a postgraduate perspective. We heard from two speakers, Terry Halliday and Luke Glanville, who both offered the challenge to engage with our universities as academic Christians.

Submitted by sjclarke, 5 Feb 2014, 1:37 pm
Science, Sex and...God? By Jenni Greig

A lecture on sex. By a Christian. On a Friday night. Who’d go to that? Dr Patricia Weerakoon is a Christian sexologist. In a public lecture at CSU Bathurst, organised by Bathurst Presbyterian Church and Bathurst Christian Students, Patricia spoke on “Eros, Intimacy and the Mind of God”. The lecture centred on how the science of the brain is congruent with God’s plan for sex. Rather than an imperative to be satiated, research shows us that humans are wired for self-sacrificial sexuality, as seen in Biblical marriage. The lecture attracted a broad audience and saw God’s plan for redemption proclaimed.

Submitted by sjclarke, 18 Dec 2013, 5:44 pm
What does it look like to engage the whole university? By Alison Moffitt

I left the Simeon Network Dinner with this question scrawled (several times) across the pages of my notebook. For all the time and energy that goes into living as a Christian among university staff and postgraduate students, I don’t often stop to ask myself this question. What a great blessing it was to attend the Simeon Network dinner and explore this question with brothers and sisters from universities around Australia!

Submitted by sjclarke, 18 Dec 2013, 5:43 pm
Thinking clearly about federalism By Tony Wright

On September 6, the Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society invited Nicholas Aroney from the law school at UQ to help us to think clearly about federalism. Nick offered no easy answers: sack Campbell Newman; divide Queensland into two states; decentralise education! Rather, through political history, philosophy, and reflections on contemporary federal systems, he posed key questions about the nature of federalism and the role of centralising power. Through these reflections, he equipped us to continue developing our individual Christian views of federalism, and hopefully to form robust opinions on these complex issues.

Submitted by sjclarke, 18 Dec 2013, 5:42 pm
In the beginning – a symposium on science and the scriptures By Tanja Straka, PhD Student in zoology at the University of Melbourne

‘In the beginning’ a symposium of science and the scriptures took place on the 30th and 31st of August in the CBD of Melbourne. The symposium was organised by the City Bible Forum and CrossCulture Church of Christ and was an excellent opportunity to listen to three different point of views on our origins: from an atheist naturalist, a young-earth creationist and an old-earth creationist.

Submitted by sjclarke, 10 Oct 2013, 5:18 pm
Christians Engaging the University By Ross Jansen-van Vuuren and Ian Gentle, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

On the 1st June, 2013, a group of 30 postgraduates and academics from a wide range of disciplines gathered at the University of Queensland St Lucia campus to think about how to provide a reasonable Christian perspective on their area of expertise, and, in so doing, how to be better equipped to challenge misconceptions and biases against Christianity whilst approaching their work in an appropriate manner.

Submitted by admin, 15 Aug 2013, 4:22 pm
Christian Global Health Apologetics By Lay Tan, PhD candidate in Economics, University of Melbourne

In the monthly Christians in Academia seminar at the University of Melbourne on May 14th, Dr Nathan Grills spoke about his experience as a Christian academic in the field of global health. Nathan shared his journey in integrating his faith and vocation and explained the role of Christians and the Christian faith in global health.

Submitted by admin, 15 Aug 2013, 1:22 pm
Selfhood across the ages By Yixin Jiang, PhD candidate, Psychology, University of Sydney

I was very much looking forward to the first of the Sydney University Evening Sessions this year, on the topic of “Selfhood across the ages” and it did not fail to provide encouraging fellowship, stimulating talks, and worthwhile reflections on and beyond the self. Andrew Cooper (Philosophy) spoke on the classical tragedy of Antigone, Brad Wells (English) discussed Charles Williams’ egalitarian hierarchy as exemplified in the TV series, The West Wing and Rosie Findlay (Performance Studies) spoke on the construction of self in fashion style blogs.

Submitted by sjclarke, 29 Jun 2013, 1:12 pm
How Christian are we? By Greg Clarke

Dr Greg Clarke, CEO Bible Society Australia, takes a look at some of the statistics coming out of the 2011 census. Declining Christianity or more accurate statistics? Either way, Australia is still a majority Christian nation, as are the migrants joining us from overseas.

Submitted by lewis, 5 Nov 2012, 1:31 pm
The survival of the sexiest: Where has the sexual revolution gotten us? By Gordon Menzies

Gordon Menzies, Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Technology, Sydney, asks whether the deregulation of sexual ethics over the past half-century should expect to end in something analogous to the GFC. The freedom of markets have always assumed certain ethical limitations without which that same freedom becomes abuse or tyranny. Can we learn anything from economics to help us in understanding the sexual revolution?

Submitted by lewis, 5 Nov 2012, 1:29 pm


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