Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Boston Tea Party – SCIO hosts alumni event in Boston, MA

On Saturday 10 November SCIO faculty Dr Liz Baigent and Simon Lancaster hosted an alumni gathering in Boston, Massachusetts. Held at Park Street Church, the ‘Boston Tea Party’ drew fifty SCIO alumni from both OSP and SSO programmes from across the years.

A historic venue, Park Street Church is located on the Freedom Trail, and was originally founded with the aim of planting a church rooted in the orthodox Trinitarian tradition in the centre of Boston. The construction of the church began in 1809 next to the Granary Burial Ground, which was itself founded in 1660, and contains the remains of three signatories of the Declaration of Independence: John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, and Samuel Adams.

Three prizes were given out to students who were judged to have travelled the greatest distance in order to be present at the gathering, with two awardees making the long journey from California, and one flying in from Oregon.

Attendees were treated to some British fare, with sandwiches, scones, cakes, and two different types of tea served on or in vintage china. All alumni were awarded with a SCIO mug, which they were given as a memento of their time in Oxford.

Following the tea, the party were treated to an extremely entertaining, albeit somewhat chilly, walking tour led by SCIO alumna Genevieve Peterson, who was previously employed as a professional tour guide in the city of Boston.

Simon Lancaster commented on the gathering that:
Meeting alumni after so many years was wonderful and inspiring. Students from as far back as 2009 were present, from twenty-four schools across the US. For many this was the first time that they had visited Boston, and it was humbling that they would travel so far to [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|News|0 Comments|

The State of the Evangelical Mind: SCIO co-sponsors discussion seminar

SCIO is co-sponsoring a discussion led by Dr Jerry Pattengale (University Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University) on the topic of his recently edited book, The State of the Evangelical Mind.

Pattengale’s anthology of essays asks whether the Evangelical world is currently sitting on the threshold of another crisis of intellectual maturity, or whetherthere are now even greater opportunities for faithful intellectual engagement and witness. The reader is invited to a virtual ‘summit meeting’ on the current state of the Evangelical mind. The insights of national leaders in their fields will aid readers to reflect on the past contributions of Evangelical institutions for the life of the mind as well as prospects for the future.

Contributors to the book include:

 Richard J. Mouw
Mark A. Noll
Jo Anne Lyon
David C. Mahan and C. Donald Smedley
Timothy Larsen
Lauren Winner
James K. A. Smith
Mark Galli

Jerry A. Pattengale (PhD, Miami University) is a scholar, researcher, author, and speaker. He has served for over twenty years in administrative leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University, currently as the first to earn IWU’s title of University Professor. He is also executive director of education for the Museum of the Bible in Washington D. C., where he oversees an international team of academics, writers, researchers, convergent media specialists, and editors developing a Bible curriculum for high school students.

The author of many books, Pattengale is a nationally recognized lecturer on education innovation and biblical studies. He is a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute, an honorary senior research associate at Tyndale House, Cambridge, a distinguished fellow at Excelsia College, Australia, and is a research scholar at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His writing has appeared in Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Washington Post, Books & Culture, Religion News Service,, Patheos, Chicago Tribune, and Christian Post.

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By |November 5th, 2018|News|0 Comments|

SCIO book launch held at Oxford University Museum of Natural History

At an event attended by over ninety scholars, students, and enthusiasts, Dr Stan Rosenberg (Executive Director, SCIO), Dr Michael Burdett (Assistant Professor in Theology, University ofNottingham), Dr Benno van den Toren (Professor of Intercultural Theology, Protestant Theological University, Groningen), and Revd Dr Michael Lloyd (Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) unveiled their new book, Finding Ourselves After Darwin: Conversations on the Image of God, Original Sin, and the Problem of Evil.

The launch was held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the site of numerous historic engagements on the topic of science and religion (from the debate between Samuel Huxley and Bishop Samuel Wilberforce in 1860, to the more recent debate between professors Richard Dawkins and John Lennox in 2008).

The anthology is a wide ranging volume, with chapters discussing the interface between Christian doctrine and evolutionary scientific research. With contributions from a number of leading academics from various fields, including Richard Swinburne, Gijsbert van den Brink, Christopher M. Hays, and Vince Vitale, the volume addresses a variety of issues,


Concerning the event, Dr Burdett comments:

We were pleased that so many came to support us to celebrate the culmination of many years work, with many illustrious scholars contributing to it. We are extremely excited about the contribution that this work will make to the field of science and religion. In particular we hope that the book’s unique combination of being introductory in nature while also being exhaustive in its doctrinal focus will be useful to readers of all levels, from scholars to laity.

Finding Ourselves after Darwin is available in both paperback and e-book form at Blackwell’s, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), and Barnes & Noble.

By |November 2nd, 2018|News|0 Comments|