Answering Dystopia: Christian Hope and the Promised End

July 15-19, 2014

Regent’s Park College, Oxford

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The intuition that the world has already or may soon go desperately awry seems to be a commonly accepted theme in both popular entertainment as well as natural and social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Dystopian films, games, novels, and music suffuse our culture without challenge from the academy. Although dystopias apparently arise in every culture and time, we live in an age of particularly pervasive anxiety about the present and future.  Dystopias do not often overtly frame the question “where is God in the midst of our suffering?” but as Christian scholars we bear such inquiry as our unique responsibility.

Knowing that “in the Lord our labor is not in vain” (1 Co 15:58), Baptists profess a personally and socially redemptive hope grounded in the love of God, the incarnation of Christ, and the abiding witness of the Spirit. Alongside faith and charity, the gift of Christian hope especially helps us avoid the errors of despair and presumption alike, enabling us to address the anxieties of our age in a spirit simultaneously given to humility and magnanimity.

Participants

  • Jennifer Bashaw, East Texas Baptist University
  • Eric Gilchrest, Judson College
  • Adam Glover, Winthrop University
  • Melissa Jackson, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
  • Kristopher Norris, University of Virginia
  • Jason Wallace, Samford university
  • Geoff Wright, Samford University

Leadership

  • Paul Fiddes, Oxford University – Senior Scholar
  • John Schmalzbauer, Missouri State University – Consultant

Planning Team

  • Beth Newman (Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond)
  • Doug Henry, (Baylor University)
  • Brad Creed (Samford University)
  • Andy Chambers (Missouri Baptist University)
  • Sheila Klopfer, (Georgetown College)
  • Roger Ward (Georgetown College)

 

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