In 2019 the Scripture and the University Seminar initiated a multi-year project to explore the issue of the relationship between Scripture and the University.
While theology used to be considered the ‘queen of the sciences’, and theology was inextricably tied to the explication of Scripture, the role of the study of Scripture and theology in the university is in a very different place today. Given that the university has been traditionally committed to the reality and acquisition and passing on of knowledge and wisdom, and given that Scripture is likewise committed to the twin realities of knowledge and wisdom, the study of the relationship of Scripture and the university is fitting and holds great promise.
This study group will consider both ‘meta’ or foundational issues concerning the relationship of Scripture and the university, as well as more specialized and particular studies which focus on particular academic disciplines and their relationship to the reality and truth of Scripture. The goal of these sessions is to produce thoughtful and insightful essays which meaningfully explore and explicate the relationship between Scripture and the university.
For enquiries regarding the Scripture and the University Seminar, contact Dr. Michael Wagenman.
Welcome and Worship
“Cultivating the Biblical Mind: The Bible and Scholarship,” David Beldman, Redeemer University (Tags: Theological Interpretation, Christian, Exodus)
“Abraham Kuyper and the Two Academies,” Eric L. Johnson, Houston Baptist University (Tags: Ideology & Theology: Christian, Learning & Teaching: Pedagogical Theory, Interpretive Approaches: Theological Interpretation)
“Scripture and Epistemological Virtue,” Ken Keathley, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Tags: Theological Interpretation, Christian, History of Interpretation)
David Beldman (Ph.D., University of Bristol) is Associate Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University. He is an Old Testament scholar with an interest in historical narrative, wisdom, and the Pentateuch. He has published a number of essays, three books on Judges, including a commentary (Eerdmans, 2020) and a popular introduction (Lexham, 2017), and co-edited Hearing the Old Testament: Listening for God’s Address (Eerdmans, 2012) and A Classified Bibliography on Ecclesiastes (T&T Clark, 2019).
Eric L. Johnson is Professor of Christian Psychology at the Gideon Institute of Christian Psychology and Counseling at Houston Baptist University. Prior to this, he taught psychology, worldview studies, and Christian counseling for 28 years. Eric is currently working on the 3rd edition of Psychology & Christianity: Five Views, and he co-edited Evidence-Based Practices for Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy and Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World. In addition, he has written over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles or chapters, as well as Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal and God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith, and he was a co-author of Christian Psychotherapy in Context.
Ken Keathley is Senior Professor of Theology and the Jesse Hendley Chair of Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina where he has been teaching since 2006. He also directs the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture, a center that seeks to engage culture, present and defend the Christian Faith, and explore its implications for all areas of life. He is the author of Salvation and Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach (B&H, January 2010), co-author of 40 Questions About Creation and Evolution (Kregel, November 2014) and co-editor of Old Earth or Evolutionary Creation?: Discussing Origins with Reasons to Believe and BioLogos (IVP, July 2017). Ken and his wife Penny have been married since 1980, live in Wake Forest, NC and are members of North Wake Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. They have a son and daughter, both married, and four grandchildren.