2008 Conference "Postmodernism: an Opportunity for Christian Scholarship and Practice!"

The 2008 conference was so popular that demand for places exceeded capacity. For those unable to be present we hope the resources below will help you, never-the-less, to share in what was a very stimulating, landmark occassion. Those present will want to refresh their thinking as they continue to reflect on the day - there simply was more in the day than it was possible to absorb.

The plenary session talks are available to listen to (technical problems have meant that we are not able to include the discussions or other papers).

[Technical note: depending upon how your computer is set up you should be able to click or double click on the links and either read or listen to the items direct. If this does not work then right click on the item to save or download it]

Session Plenary Topic Outline


One: Postmodernism as Opportunity for Christian Scholarship Word File
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MP3 - 14MBytes
WAV - (CD quality) 522MBytes
51 minutes
Two: Beyond integration: Christian Scholarship Takes Practice MP3 - 6.5MBytes
WAV - (CD quality) 123MBytes
24 minutes
Close Reflections and follow through MP3 - 1.4MBytes
WAV - (CD quality) 34MBytes
7 minutes
  Further Reading Word file
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Presenter Paper Download
Clifford, Mike (Dr) Engineering in the 21st Centry - a trivial pursuit?
A Christian perspective on Mechanical EngineeringWord Format
See article in Exerceo
Watts, David (Prof)
University of Manchester
Christian Theism and the Laws of Physics. Word Format
PDF of slides
Grindle, Nick (Dr)
Open University
So you study History of Art. And what do you do in the afternoon?
A brief look at recent perspectives in art history.
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Bem, Chris (Dr) Understanding Reality: a Triune View Word Format
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Jennings, Michael (Rev)
University of Leeds
The relationship of reader interpretations and spiritual assessment of life concerns.
Researching Bible reading practices.
Word Format
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Levey, David (Dr)
University Of South Africa
Religion, literature and identity in South Africa: the case of Alan Paton (Presented in absentia) Word Format
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Benett, Yves (Dr) The faith of an economic migrant (Extract) Word Format
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Dr James K. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan US.

He is the author of a number of books including:

Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006).

Jacques Derrida: Live Theory (London/New York: Continuum, 2005).

Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-Secular Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2004).

The Fall of Interpretation: Philosophical Foundations for a Creational Hermeneutic (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000)

You can find out more about his work athttp://www.calvin.edu/~jks4

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