Addenda Volume 1.3 (November 2018)



Executive Committee member Dr. Li Ma discusses why she serves in society leadership. Dr. Ma earned her PhD in Sociology from Cornell University and is Senior Research Fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the co-author (with her husband Jin Ma) of Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China (Pickwick Publications, 2018) and author of The Chinese Exodus: Migration, Urbanism, and Alienation in Contemporary China (Pickwick Publications, 2018).

Distinctives of the Society of Christian Scholars
The Society of Christian Scholars is distinct in several ways from other Christian, academic societies and ministries. We will discuss these distinctive features in the next few editions of the Addenda. The distinctive highlighted in this edition is the interdisciplinary scope of our society. While there are many, wonderful, discipline-specific, Christian societies, the Society of Christian Scholars is the only one that is interdisciplinary. Christian scholars across academic disciplines need space to connect, interact, think, dream, and collaborate in order to better serve our students, colleagues, disciplines, and institutions. The Society of Christian Scholars seeks to help in this endeavor.

Library
A growing team of 6 curators and 4 procurators from 5 countries (France, Nigeria, USA, Cambodia, and China) are developing a library for Christian Scholars serving in universities. The Society Library is a repository of high-quality resources that is designed to nurture conversations and relationships through resources about what it means to be, live, think, and grow as missional Christian academics. The library will cover a range of topics including “Pursuing Vocational Excellence,” “Loving God with the Mind,” “Theology and the Academy,” and more.
 

Society Discount 
The Society of Christian Scholars has partnerships with many Christian organizations and ministries. If you are associated with one of our partners (such as in a Bible study the organization sponsors), you qualify for a 20% membership discount. Be sure to get their member code to use when you register at the Society’s launch. If you are associated with an organization or ministry that is not a partner, please have a representative of the organization contact us at kcampbell@societyofchristianscholars.org.

Free Extra Month of Membership
All those who pre-register for the Society before January 31, 2019, will receive access to the Society of Christian Scholars Member Website and all Society services on February 1, 2019––a month prior to launch––as a beta-tester. Not only will you receive one extra month for your annual membership fee, but you will also help identify any issues to be resolved before the launch of the Society of Christian Scholars on March 1, 2019.

The Society: A Deeper Look and a Vocational Challenge
 

The purpose of the Society of Christian Scholars is to equip missional, Christian academics to have a redemptive influence for Christ among their students, colleagues, institutions, and academic disciplines.

What do we mean by “Christian”? To be Christian entails cognitive, performative, emotional, and communal dimensions. Cognitively, to be Christian, one affirms the essential historic Christian faith, what C.S. Lewis called “Mere Christianity” and is expressed in such formulations as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Society of Christian Scholars has adopted the World Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith as the essential codification of these core doctrinal beliefs. We believe it addresses all the core issues one must affirm cognitively as a Christian.
 
Second, the performative dimension of faith demands that a believer choose every day to live out, or “incarnate,” these beliefs in thought, word, and deed. She or he seeks to grow daily in Christlikeness, practicing spiritual disciplines, seeking justice for the poor and weak, and evidence increasingly in their lives, the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22).

Third, is an emotional, affective, or existential aspect to the life of a believer. Christians experience God in ineffable ways. This may not be a regular occurrence, as God works in different ways in each of our lives, but for all true believers, there is, to one degree or another, a metaphysical sense of God’s presence and direction. Paul describes this metaphysical experience in relation to salvation in Romans 8:16 and in relation to the believer’s communion with God in 1 Corinthians 2:10–16.

Finally, this is all lived out in a community of faith. As the triune God is a community of persons, he created us as communal beings as well, needing one another for health and flourishing. “Do not neglect to assemble together…but encourage one another…” (Heb. 10:25) and we sharpen one another “as iron sharpens iron” (Prov. 27:17).

Addenda Volume 1.3 (November 2018)

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