Faith Integration as Identity

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Presenter and Affiliation:  Jonathan Pettigrew, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Presentation Title:  “Faith Integration as Identity”

Date and Time: Monday, May 7, 2018; 7-8 pm, EST

Cost: free and open to the public

Description: I am not a Christian scholar because I study Christianity, Christian groups, religion, or any other social form related to Christ. I am a Christian scholar because my identity is fundamentally that of a Christian, a follower of the Way, a disciple of the Rabbi Jesus of Nazareth. I do not believe there is any way to separate my identity as a person from my occupation as a scholar. Because I work in a state institution as a scholar, where professing sola scriptura (by Scripture alone), sola fide (justification by faith alone), and soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone) can be perceived as naïve, anti-intellectual, or even bigoted, the question becomes: How do I integrate my identity as a Christian scholar in my research and teaching? Christians are present on campuses, but overt Christianity is not the norm, and, increasingly, university faculty look less and less similar to the general public. It is within the cultural milieu of the public, doctoral-granting university, that I have used various strategies to integrate faith into the classroom and research. I’ll begin by discussing my approach to writing syllabi and then spend the remainder of my time explaining how I integrate biblical ideas at the presuppositional level in my classroom teaching and research.

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