CHURCH AND ACADEMY
Princeton, New Jersey
April 18–20, 2013


The 2013 conference will be preceded by a meeting (17th pm/18th am) on "Neo-Calvinism and World Christianity" with plenary speakers Mark Gornik (Director, City Seminary New York) and Daniel Bourdanné (General Secretary, International Fellowship of Evangelical Students).

Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) — Dutch pastor, theologian, journalist, and politician — was instrumental in the revival of Calvinism as a worldview worthy of practical allegiance and sustained critical reflection. In 1898 he visited Princeton and delivered the Stone Lectures that year, his famous Lectures on Calvinism.

Kuyper was firmly committed to the value and importance of Christian learning, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Free University of Amsterdam. The purpose of the 2013 Kuyper Conference is to explore — both historically and critically — the relations between church and academy. Some of the relevant questions are these. How should the seminaries and divinity schools of today relate to the academic work of the secular university? Is there still a viable concept of distinctively Christian scholarship? What is the role and value of theological inquiry for the rapidly changing contemporary Church?


LECTURES



April 18

Kuyper Prize Lecture

Dr Russell Botman, Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, South Africa

April 19

Conference Plenary I
Studying Theology and Educating the Church
TBC

Conference Plenary II
The Idea of the Christian Scholar
Dr Gordon Graham, Princeton Theological Seminary

April 20

Conference Plenary III (Panel)
New Wine, New Wineskins
Dr Kris Culp, Chicago Divinity School
Dr David Sanchez, Loyola Marymount
Dr Jeroen de Ridder, Free University Amsterdam

PAPER PROPOSALS are invited on all aspects of the general theme. Papers selected for inclusion will run concurrently. In addition, each block of concurrent sessions will include a session reserved for a graduate student paper. Graduate Student Awards are available for student presenters to assist with the cost of travel and lodging. Proposals should take the form of an abstract of not more than 300 words and be submitted as an email attachment to kuyper.center@ptsem.edu December 1, 2012. Decisions will be announced by early January 2013. All accepted papers will be considered for publication in the Kuyper Center Review Volume 5, to be published in 2015.