August 4-8, 2009 • Regent’s Park College, Oxford
The significance of literature for the development of Christian faith and Baptist identity is evident in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Daniel Defoe’s novels, and classics such as The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. Because theology and literature often provide complementary visions of the world, faithful men and women frequently appeal to imaginative fiction—in the form of novels, plays, short stories, and poetry—to open the life of faith to richer expression and understanding.
Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy will convene a select group of participants across academic disciplines to explore topics related to the literary imagination in Baptist life. We invite essays that explore this theme in various ways, including but not limited to:
- Which literary voices are significant in the development of Baptist faith?
- What unique contributions to the academic study of literature emerge from Baptist scholars or in relation to Baptist life?
- How might literature enrich Baptist life and practice?
- How might Baptist faith and life be enriched by a renewed understanding of the literary aspects of scripture
Keynote Lecture: Ralph Wood, Baylor University “Pope Benedict, Flanery O’Conner and Divine Eros” Benedict Oconner and Eros Ralph Wood ysba 9
- Lynn Hinojosa, Baylor University, “Typology, The Novel, and the Self”
- Bryan Whitfield, Mercer University, “Listening to the Community in the Cave of Resonance: Literary Readings of Scripture and the Gathered Church” whitfield oxford paper
- Mary Nelson, Dallas Baptist University. “Freedom of Conscience: Shakespeare’s Measure of Measure” Mary Nelson_DBU
- Adam Glover, University of Kentucky “Allegory and Conversion in Pepita Jimenez” Glover_Young Scholars_Final
- Michael Tilley, Georgetown College “Authority, Liturgy, and Thick Confessions: Themes in Lewis’s “Till We Have Faces” Tilley Authority, Revelation and Aesthetic Evaluation Draft Complete Paper 20090611b
- John Thompson, University of Dayton, “It was the Catholic with the Candlestick!: Understanding Baptist Identity through an Analysis of the Competing Ecclesiologies in the Mystery Novels of Andew Greeley and Ralph McInerny” thompsonOxford Paper Summer 2009
- Jonathan Sands Wise, Georgetown College “P.D. James and the Complexity of Evil” sands wise James and the Complexity of Human Evil2
- Jenny Howell, Baylor University, “The Dialogical Imagination in the Poetry of Wendell Berry” howell ysba 09 berry
- Ralph Wood, Baylor University, Senior Scholar
- Paul Fiddes Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford;
- Scott Moore, Baylor University, Consultant
- James D. Anderson, University of Kentucky, Emeritus, Consultant
- Douglas Henry, Baylor University
- Beth Newman, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
- Margaret Watkins, Baylor Univeristy
- Andy Chambers, Missouri Baptist Univeristy
- Roger Ward, Georgetown College