OC faculty, students present at Christian conference

OC faculty, students present at Christian conference

Once again, OC was honored to have faculty and students present at the 2013 Christian Scholars Conference over the weekend.

Formally titled the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference, scholars present more than 90 peer-reviewed and generative sessions to advance scholarship, collaboration and engaged dialogue.

This year’s conference theme was "Crises in Ethics: Theology, Business, Law and the Liberal and Fine Arts."

Key speakers included ethics author John Dean, religious studies professor and author Charles Matthews, and David Miller, the founding director of Princeton University’s Faith & Work Initiative. 

Below is a list of OC faculty and students with the title of their presentations:

  • Graduate students Robert Davis and Freddie Lorick, Jr., were respondents for the “Civil Rights and the Churches of Christ" session.
  • John Harrison, professor of New Testament, presented on “The History and Practice of New Testament Interpretation.”
  • James Baird, professor of Bible and philosophy and director of OC’s Honors Program, was a panelist on the session titled, “The Value of High School Research for Universities, Students, and Secondary Educators.”
  • Phil Lewis, dean of OC’s College of Professional Studies, was a panelist on the session titled, “Business Deans Speak Out: Teaching in Business Schools.”
  • Dan Sorensen, assistant professor of business, presented on “An Accounting Ethics Intervention Based on the Moral Philosophy of Adam Smith.”
  • OC Bible professors Charles Rix and James Dvorak were co-conveners of the session titled, “Bahktinian Readings of Cain and Abel and other Narratives in Jewish and Christian Scriptures.”
    • Rix presented on “Who is Watching the Children? Ethics of Responsibility in the Story of Cain and Abel.”
    • Dvorak presented on “Not Like Cain: Marking Moral Boundaries Through Vilification of the Other in 1 John 3:1-18.”
  • Barrett Huddleston, assistant professor of communication, participated in the Theatre and Ethics Session. He presented on “The First Condition: Censorship in Contemporary Value Based Production.”

The Christian Scholars Conference was created in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Pepperdine University, and has since been hosted by several universities associated with Churches of Christ. 

The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, business, law, education and medicine to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith.