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Christian Philosophy and Public Engagement

Philosophy’s task is not merely to advance knowledge but also to help people live well. As such, Christian philosophy should inform and help the Christian community live well as Christian individuals and citizens.

The 2016 Midwest SCP Conference at Evangel University invites philosophers to speak to the pressing social issues that face Christians, especially matters on which Christians find themselves in conflict with other groups, whether the broader public or other Christian groups.

Conference Hotel: Holiday Inn & Suites

Book by clicking here, or call the hotel directly at 417-865-8600. The conference rate is $84. Shuttles are provided from the airport to the hotel, and periodic shuttles will be available from the hotel to Evangel during the conference.

There is at least one other conference going on that weekend, so early reservations are encouraged.


  • Keynote: Richard Swinburne: “Christian Moral Teaching on Sex, Family, and Life”
    Swinburne is a distinguished professor and author of a number of books including The Existence of God (2004), Faith & Reason (2005), Revelation (2007), Was Jesus God? (2008) and Mind, Brain, and Free Will (2013).
  • Leigh Vicens: “Sin and Implicit Bias”
    Vincens is an Assistant Professor at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, teaching courses on critical thinking, contemporary moral issues, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, and free will and moral responsibility.
  • Francis Beckwith: “Taking Rites Seriously: Faith, Reason, and Religious Liberty”
    Beckwith is a professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, and Co-Director of the Program in Philosophical Studies of Religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Richard Swinburne
Leigh Vicens
Francis Beckwith

Call for Papers
Please submit a 500-word abstract for your paper. Submissions are welcome from both Christian and non-Christian philosophers as presenters and participants.

Submit abstracts to Deadline: July 1, 2016.

We welcome papers on topics that are of interest to Christian philosophers. Preference will be given to those that connect with the conference theme. For instance,

  • What are our obligations or permissions with regard to personal matters, such as abortion, the environment, suicide, poverty, divorce and sexual practices?
  • How ought Christians to engage collective matters, such as gender marginalization, racial injustice, religious freedom, health care and discrimination?
  • Ought Christians or Christian institutions (e.g. universities) adjust their personal views and policies as society changes?
  • To what extent, or in what way, ought Christians to advocate for socially controversial views?

Graduate Student Prize

Graduate students who wish to be considered for the SCP’s prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper must submit a final draft of their papers by August 15. A $500 award will be presented publicly at the conference.

Cost to Attend (Includes banquet)

Faculty: $88.00 ($10 late fee after September 11)

Students: $48.00 ($10 late fee after September 11)

Conference Registration Deadline: September 8

The conference schedule will start shortly after noon on Thursday the 22nd. It will end on Saturday the 24th with the last keynote talk and a lunch banquet (your banquet ticket is included in the registration). The checkout time at the conference hotel is noon on Saturday. You can make arrangements with the hotel to hold your luggage until you come back for it after the banquet, and then shuttle to the airport from the hotel (for those who are flying). To help in scheduling your return flight, keep in mind that the earliest you could be at the airport (via shuttle) after the banquet would be about 3:30 pm.