Evangelicalism, Identity, and Culture: Challenges and Opportunities - Gordon Conwell
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Evangelicalism, Identity, and Culture: Challenges and Opportunities

February 15 at 4:00 pmFebruary 16 at 5:30 pm EST

About the Conference

The evangelical church, especially in North America, has come to a serious time of self-reflection in the past few years. The clash with an increasingly secularized and polarized society is causing evangelicals to reflect deeply on their identity and how they interact with the culture. In the book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Carl Trueman traces the evolution of cultural shifts from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, leading to an ultra-individualized and psychologized understanding of the self. We have invited Dr. Trueman to join us in considering the implications of his analysis for the evangelical identity and mission. Join us for a two-day conference with Dr. Trueman and leading evangelical authors and scholars as we explore how the church can engage with modern culture through Christ-centered apologetics and missions.

Among the discussions, author Collin Hansen will lead an exploration and analysis of the evangelical movement through the experiences of one of its foremost figures, Gordon-Conwell alumnus the late-Timothy Keller, as well as a reflection on evangelicalism in the West as part of global evangelicalism.

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About The Speakers

Hear from leading evangelical scholars and authors.

Carl R. Trueman, PhD

Dr. Carl R. Trueman is a Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College, and he previously taught on the faculties of the Universities of Nottingham, Aberdeen, and Westminster Theological Seminary (PA). He is widely published in both academic and popular circles and serves as a contributing editor at First Things and Touchstone Magazine, an opinion columnist at World magazine, and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington DC. His most recent books are The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Expressive Individualism, Cultural Amnesia and the Road to Sexual Revolution and Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution (both from Crossway) and The Oxford Handbook to Calvin and Calvinism, co-authored with Bruce Gordon (Oxford University Press). His writing has also appeared in Deseret Journal, Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, American Mind, Claremont Review of Books, and Public Discourse. He and his wife Catriona have two adult sons and a granddaughter.

Collin Hansen, MDiv

Collin Hansen serves as vice president for content and editor-in-chief of The Gospel Coalition, as well as executive director of The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics. He hosts the Gospelbound podcast and has written and contributed to many books, most recently Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation and Rediscover Church: Why the Body of Christ Is Essential. He has published with the New York Times and the Washington Post and offered commentary for CNN, Fox News, NPR, BBC, ABC News, and PBS NewsHour. He edited Our Secular Age: Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor and The New City Catechism Devotional, among other books. He is an adjunct professor at Beeson Divinity School, where he also co-chairs the advisory board.

Scott W. Sunquist, PhD

Dr. Scott W. Sunquist is Professor of Missiology and the seventh president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Before coming to Gordon-Conwell, he served as the Dean of Intercultural Studies and Professor of World Christianity at Fuller Theological Seminary for 8 years. Prior to this, he taught for seventeen years at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Dr. Sunquist and his wife, Nancy, served as missionaries in the Republic of Singapore from 1987–1995, where he was the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church and lecturer in church history, ecumenics, and Asian Christianity at Trinity Theological College. Before this, he was a campus staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Virginia and Massachusetts.

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Adonis Vidu, PhD

Dr. Adonis Vidu is Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He previously taught at Emmanuel University and the University of Bucharest in his native Romania. He is a constructive theologian who is involved in a recovery of the patristic and medieval Trinitarian theology for the contemporary church, with an eye to its conceptual clarity and validity. His latest research focuses on a recovery, clarification and defense of the ancient rule of the inseparable operations of the Trinity (The Same God Who Works All Things, 2021). This project also generates a fundamental rethinking of several loci of systematic theology through the doctrine of ‘divine missions.’ He is married to Adriana and they have one daughter, Hannah.

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Laura M. Quay, PhD

Dr. Laura M. Quay is Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Adjunct Professor of Christian Thought and Greek. She completed her MDiv at Gordon-Conwell then went on to complete a doctorate at Boston University on Friedrich Nietzsche’s Use of Scripture in “Thus Spoke Zarathustra.” She has taught at several institutions including, Wheaton College and College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. She is currently serving as Senior Pastor to a wonderful flock at Linebrook Church in Ipswich, MA. She lives in Haverhill with her husband, Ron Quay, also an alumnus of Gordon-Conwell.

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Nicholas Rowe, PhD

Dr. Nicholas Rowe is Kenneth and Jean Hansen Associate Professor of Leadership at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Most recently, he was Associate Vice President for Student and Global Engagement at Gordon College. He spent the previous ten years on the faculty of St Augustine College of South Africa in Johannesburg, culminating in the role of Academic Dean and Interim President. Dr. Rowe’s teaching and research interests investigate how communities use the past to form collective identities and how this fuels intergroup conflict. He spent more than twenty years consulting about cross-racial and cross-ethnic reconciliation and conflict resolution. He also provided pastoral counseling and spiritual direction for reconciling communities in the USA and South Africa. Dr. Rowe and his wife, writer Sheila Wise Rowe, live in Boston and are grateful parents to Jonathan (and his wife Elisa) and Alexia.

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Mateus de Campos, PhD

Dr. Mateus de Campos is Associate Professor of New Testament and Dean of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Hamilton campus. He is originally from Brazil where he served as a pastor for ten years at the Church of the Nazarene in Americana. His enthusiasm for Scripture led him to Cambridge, UK, where he earned his doctoral degree in New Testament, writing on the subject of Resistance to Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. Dr. de Campos’ areas of expertise include the Gospel of Mark, the Synoptic Gospels, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, and historical Jesus studies. He is currently engaged in various writing projects, including a commentary on the discipleship narratives in the Gospels and a commentary on the Gospel of Mark. He lives in Middleton, MA, with his wife Renata, and his children Matt and Zoe Victoria.

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Thursday, February 15

  • 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Registration & Reception

  • 6:00-6:30 p.m.: Introductions by Dean Mateus de Campos

  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.: Lecture by Carl Trueman

Friday, February 16

  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast

  • 8:45-9:00 a.m.: Prayer and Announcements led by Dean Mateus de Campos

  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Lecture with Scott Sunquist

  • 10:00-10:15 a.m: Break

  • 10:15-11:15 a.m: Lecture with Collin Hansen

  • 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.: Workshops with Nicholas Rowe and Laura Quay

  • 12:30-2:00 p.m.: Lunch

  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Lecture with Carl Trueman

  • 3:30-4:00 p.m.: Break

  • 4:00-5:30 p.m.: Discussion Panel with Adonis Vidu

  • 5:30 p.m: Closing

Registration Open Through Feb. 7


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