The idea of taking every thought captive to Christ (2 Cor 10:5) is an important theme of obedience. But how can we academics do this well, or badly?
By Mike Russell, University of South Australia - Magill
I was very much looking forward to the first of the Sydney University Evening Sessions this year, on the topic of “Selfhood across the ages” and it did not fail to provide encouraging fellowship, stimulating talks, and worthwhile reflections on and beyond the self. Andrew Cooper (Philosophy) spoke on the classical tragedy of Antigone, Brad Wells (English) discussed Charles Williams’ egalitarian hierarchy as exemplified in the TV series, The West Wing and Rosie Findlay (Performance Studies) spoke on the construction of self in fashion style blogs.
On the 1st June, 2013, a group of 30 postgraduates and academics from a wide range of disciplines gathered at the University of Queensland St Lucia campus to think about how to provide a reasonable Christian perspective on their area of expertise, and, in so doing, how to be better equipped to challenge misconceptions and biases against Christianity whilst approaching their work in an appropriate manner.