Posts by Faith-in-Scholarship

As a music historian, I cringe whenever a new acquaintance asks me why studying the history of music is a valuable use of my time. As a Christian, how do I answer?

Growing up, I saw my passion for the natural world as a gift from God. However, as I plunged deeper into my Oxford biology degree, I increasingly felt like I had to choose between biology and faith.

Mark Surey writes on the importance of listening:

I have seldom met a scholar who is not fascinated by and excited about his or her field of study. That level of interest, combined with the God-given capacity to contribute, to a large extent forms the basis for a call to scholarship. It really helps if we both want and are able to do something.

Concluding his 3-part series on listening, Bruno Medeiros examines the communal context in which the Parable of the Sower comes to have transformative meaning for attentive disciples.

"The Sower" by Jean-François Millet

Continuing his series on listening, Bruno Medeiros sees sparks of creativity and imagination flying when Jesus' disciples ask for insight into the Parable of the Sower.

The labour of Sisyphus

Taking stock of my career and why I'm here (a guest post by Richard Vytniorgu)

Richard Vytniorgu offers an alternative perspective on scholarly freedom.

Rudi Hayward reviews A Shot of Faith to the Head.

Bruno Medeiros, a social psychologist at Cambridge, reflects on the importance of being deeply attentive to the world that we study.

Detail from Albrecht Dürer, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

A guest post from David Parry.

A report from the Christian Literary Studies Group Annual Conference

The Christian Literary Studies Group gathered at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on Saturday 5th November for our annual day conference, which this year had the theme “Shaping Ends: Aspects of Apocalypse”. Current world events were not in view when we chose the theme months before, but they added a certain resonance to our discussions.