Evangelicalism, however one defines it, finds itself at the intersection of a host of crossroads.  After decades of relative prosperity in North America, the churches, universities, and seminaries that evangelicals cultivate, populate, and depend upon for leadership are wrestling with legal, social, and ultimately theological questions on a wide variety of fronts. 

For many, the financial challenges that compelled Christianity Today to close Books and Culture after twenty-one years were tangible expressions of those challenges.  Caught between fear and hope, some observers proposed the evangelical mind is now on the threshold of another “scandal.”  In contrast, others propose the opportunities for faithful intellectual engagement and witness are greater now than in recent history.    

This symposium offers a context in which participants can reflect upon that past but also think critically about the prospects for the future of the evangelical mind.  Those prospects will depend in many ways upon the influence of evangelical churches, universities, and seminaries.  What role then will each one of those institutions play?  What kinds of relationships will they need to share with one another?  What kinds of relationships will churches, universities, and seminaries need to forge with other institutions? 

By drawing upon the wisdom of the past, perhaps some of these questions might be best navigated by reflecting anew upon the common and respective purposes animating the church, the university, and the seminary.  Please consider joining us as we explore these questions at “The State of the Evangelical Mind: Reflections upon the Past, Prospects for the Future,” on September 21-22, 2017.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Mark A. Noll – Francis A. McAnaney Professor Emeritus of History, University of Notre Dame
  • Jo Anne Lyon – Ambassador, The Wesleyan Church
  • Timothy Larsen – Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College
  • Lauren F. Winner – Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality, Duke University Divinity School
  • James K. A. Smith – Professor of Philosophy and the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview, Calvin College
  • David Mahan – Executive Director of the Rivendell Institute at Yale
  • Don Smedley – Senior Fellow of the Rivendell Institute at Yale

Honored Guest:

  • John Wilson – Editor of Education and Culture (Editor of Books and Culture,1995-2016)

Conference Sponsors

Excelsia CollegeSagamore InstituteIndiana Wesleyan UniversityChristianity Today