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Scripture and University Seminar

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.

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. Brad Green.

The Scripture and University Seminar (SAHS) at SBL 2021

This year’s seminar considers key foundational or “meta” questions related to the challenging issue of Scripture and the university. 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 more information, contact Brad Green or Eric Johnson.

2021 SEMINAR EVENT PROGRAMME  –  Saturday, November 20, 4:00-6:30 pm

Bradley G. Green, Union University, Presiding (5 min)

Paul Kjoss Helseth, University of Northwestern
Reflections on Scripture and the University: A Philosopher’s Perspective (20 min)

Matthew Pinson, Welch College
Reflections on Scripture and the University: A University President’s and Theologian’s Perspective (20 min)

Donald W. Sweeting, Colorado Christian University
Reflections on Scripture and the University: A University President’s and Historian’s Perspective (20 min)

Ardel B. Caneday, University of Northwestern
Reflections on Scripture and the University: A Biblical Scholar’s Perspective (20 min)

Discussion (55 min)

The Scripture Collective Annual Meal 2021

Please use the form below to register your interest to attend a possible Scripture Collective in-person Annual Meal.