JOHN M. PERKINS
CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST | AUTHOR, LOVE IS THE FINAL FIGHT &LET JUSTICE ROLL DOWN
"Come, let us reason together" (Isaiah 1:18). Amidst the strife, violence, struggle, and injustice, we need to have a holistic conversation that starts with affirmation of human dignity and an understanding of justice. We too often miss each other, failing to understand and communicate in the midst of our disagreement. The time in which we live requires a renewed commitment to listen to each other in a language of love.
FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY | AUTHOR, UNCOMMON DECENCY
The Bible tells us to provide hospitality to strangers. But does that include making room for the ideas of strangers--especially when they represent ideologies that seem directly opposed to what we believe as Christians? There are certainly dangers in giving too much intellectual hospitality. But there are also dangers in not making room at all for the ideas of others. To refuse to engage folks we disagree with means missing some important benefits for Christian growth.
BETHEL UNIVERSITY | AUTHOR, DISUNITY IN CHRIST
Challenging ideas are typically better received when they are presented by a "respectable" speaker in a "civil" manner. But who gets to decide who is respectable and what is civil? And what crucial information do we miss when we insist on respectability and civility as prerequisites for discourse?
PASTOR, EVFREE FULLERTON | AUTHOR, ASTONISHED &THE JESUS OF SUBURBIA
RELIGION NEWS SERVICE | AUTHOR, JESUS IS BETTER THAN YOU IMAGINED
CHRISTIANITY TODAY, KINGS COLLEGE | AUTHOR & PROFESSOR
In the past, we framed our public discussions around common texts: books, journal articles, sermons, and speeches. Today, our important public discussions often center on issues raised by different shared texts: TV shows and movies. When we become better at understanding why people are watching shows—not simple explanations dependent on content, but how they touch on desires and needs—we find new ways to become good neighbors, and new sites in which to practice civil, not shrill, discussion.
BIOLA UNIVERSITY | AUTHOR, I BEG TO DIFFER
A professor instructs students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and stomp on it resulting in national outrage and lawsuits against the university. Amidst all the anger and protest no one asks, “Why?” Why would a respected professor do such a thing? Why was Jesus targeted? In today’s vitriolic communication climate differences will be apparent, it will take wisdom to cultivate dialogue, not uncivil debate. The greatest skill needed by Christians entering today’s argument culture will not be the ability to debate, but the ability to take the perspective of those we oppose and foster common ground—even with those who stomp on our deepest convictions.
CALVIN COLLEGE | AUTHOR, LOVES ME, LOVES ME NOT
How do you approach conflict? Rationally? Emotionally? Or do you approach disagreement with your whole heart? As C.S. Lewis pointed out, modern society is in the habit of producing "men without chests" - people who are morally and intellectually malformed or incomplete. If Christians are to improve our public presence, we must recover what Lewis called, "The Chest."
This year's Table Conference focuses on DISAGREEMENT. During the conference we'll:
GET HONEST ABOUT THE OBSTACLES TO CIVILITY &
RECONCILIATION IN HUMAN SOCIETY
ENVISION AND REFLECT ON THE RENEWING OF OUR MINDS
CHART A COURSE TOWARD RECONCILATION & BETTER PUBLIC DISCOURSE
FRIDAY MARCH 20
6:30PM TO 9:30PM
SATURDAY MARCH 21
8:00AM TO 3:00PM
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Where can I stay?
We often host our guests at the Holiday Inn La Mirada.
Is food included in the price?
Yes, lunch on Saturday, March 21 is included in your registration.
What is the Center for Christian Thought?
Biola University's Center for Christian Thought exists to reconnect Christian Scholarship with the Academy and the Church. For more information, visit http://cct.biola.edu.
What is The Table?
The Table is a resource of the Biola CCT focused on reaching out to thoughtful Christians with transforming Christian wisdom, from a variety of perspectives and disciplines and themes. Check out Issue No. 2 of The Table online at http://cct.biola.edu/journal/.
CCT is sponsored by the generous support of the: