Posts by Andrew Basden

2019: Enriching Universities as Christian Academics in a Politically Correct World

 Enriching Universities as Christian Academics in a Politically Correct World 30th November 2019, LSE, London. Conference summary I found this conference, on the theme of political correctness (PC), particularly rewarding, gaining insights from every speaker. In the morning Tim Brown gave reflections on John 17:13-19, when Jesus prays for his followers “in the world but…

COMPUTING: Judgement on IT professionals?

Imagine! – Information Technology Professionals Imagine. Imagine the end of history, with the Supreme God on the Seat of Final Authority, with the senior managers and top researchers and developers of the world’s information technology industry ranged before him. Imagine him speaking to them: “According to one of you, in the year 2000, the worldwide…

HIGHER EDUCATION: What is it for?

(Outline of talk given by Michael Schluter at Nottingham University, February 2004) “We see a higher education sector which meets the needs of the economy in terms of trained people, research, and technology transfer. At the same time it needs to enable all suitably qualified individuals to develop their potential both intellectually and personally, and…

The Model

Introduction Do you, as a Christian academic, sometimes feel that the material you teach in your field is somehow inconsistent with a Christian view of the world? Do you feel that there ought to be a new paradigm in your field that is more consistent with it, but at the same time also soundly academic?…

Two Provocatives (Part 1)

First of Two Provocative Statements About a Philosophical Understanding of Sustainability Andrew Basden My problem, my confusion was I was a member of the Green Party in the 1980’s, I still am actually [although I don’t like it]. I came across lots of different factions fighting against each other. There were the deep ecologists who…

Two Provocatives (Part 2)

Second of Two Provocative Statements About a Philosophical Understanding of Sustainability Andrew Basden Provocative Statement 2 I’ve got ten minutes left. So I want to make another provocative statement that’s not in my paper but was stimulated partly by Chrisna, who said “We need deep inner personal transformation.” And Peter I think said “we need…