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Pepperdine Hosts 31st Annual Christian Scholars’ Conference
Created in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Pepperdine, the Christian Scholars' Conference has brought institutions of higher education together for three decades with Christian scholars from all academic disciplines. This year, the 31st annual conference will once again be hosted by Pepperdine University from Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18, under the theme "The Path of Discovery: Science, Theology, and the Academy."
Register for the Christian Scholars’ Conference here.
The aims of the conference—of nurturing an intellectual and Christian community and of stimulating a network of scholarly dialogue and collaboration—will be realized in a series of presentations by plenary speakers physician-genetist Francis S. Collins, John Polkinghorne, journalist Simran Sethi, and genetic theologian Ted Peters. Learn more about the speakers here.
“Many in the academy are coming to see that science devoid of values is dangerous, while many Christians are discovering that faith without intellectual foundations is suspect,” says Pepperdine Provost Darryl Tippens. “This particular conference will show specifically how great scientific thinking and deep faith can harmonize in creative ways. It gives us an opportunity to demonstrate one of our core values here at Pepperdine—that religion and scholarship are essentially compatible.”
The three-day event will feature 90 sessions with a broad scope of study beyond science to include drama, communication, philosophy, literature, and more. Also featured will be comedy, interview sessions, and music, including an evening with Tokens Radio Show.