What Leading Academics Say About the Faculty Forum
"We are in the throes of culturally sanctioned forgetfulness concerning much of the best in our literary, philosophical, and theological legacy. The C.S. Lewis Foundation is exemplary in fighting this forgetfulness and reminding us that an intelligent present can only be based on interpretation and engagement with those who have gone before us."
- Jean Bethke Elshtain, Ph.D. Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, University of Chicago
"The C.S. Lewis Foundation has, for over a decade, provided international leadership in relating Christian faith to the academic world with intellectual and academic integrity. Through its Summer Institutes, and now through its Faculty Forum, it offers fresh insight and inspiration to Christians, and to all scholars of faith, working within the academy."
- Stephen T. Davis, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College
"The C.S. Lewis Foundation Faculty Forum provides valuable opportunities to help raise consciousness about how Christian faith can be related to the highest learning without compromising either."
- George M. Marsden, McAnaney Professor of History,
University of Notre Dame
"I think the initiative is a long-overdue attempt at a much needed goal: the construction of a broadly Christian philosophy of society infused by the corporate researches, communication and indeed fellowship of Christian academics. The benefit of this network for American culture is immeasurable; its impact on education in this country will surely be immense. I gladly accept the honor of being placed on its Council of Academic Advisors."
- Andrew H. Trotter, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Director,
Center for Christian Study, Charlottesville, VA
"I am pleased with the development of the Faculty Forum project. It is important that Christian faculty and administrators engage in serious dialogue about the moral dimensions of higher education and matters of faith and belief. The stated intent to be ecumenical and inclusive rather than sectarian is encouraging."
- James D. Appleton, Ph.D., President,
University of Redlands
"Christians on campus need all the support and encouragement we can get in living the academic life and the Christian faith. The C.S. Lewis Foundation's Faculty Forum is a creative intellectual response to the challenges of being an academic and a Christian at the same time."
- Rev. William H. Willimon, S.T.D., Dean of the Chapel,
Prof. of Christian Ministry, Duke University
"It is a distinct privilege to add my endorsement to the formation of the C.S. Lewis Foundation Faculty Forum. In the field of higher education there is a distinct need to encourage the integration of "Faith and Learning" and to bring Christian faculty together whose world view is that one cannot develop a knowledge of life without first having an understanding of God who has revealed Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. Graduate education on the secular campus has taught us that our research is to be free of value judgments, especially any religious beliefs. However, in forums sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation, Christian scholars are encouraged to foster the relevance of faith in Jesus Christ, both through their research and their teaching, but at the same time to observe the academic world's expectations of scholarly integrity."
- Irving F. Ahlquist, Ph.D., Professor of History Emeritus,
CSU Long Beach
“I can't think of when I've spent a more worthwhile day than at the Faculty Forum. The very next week I found opportunity to bring Christ into a classroom presentation, stimulated and prepared as I had been by the extraordinary presentations that day.... I didn't know how dry I was until I'd been watered…. Thank you!”
- Dr. Tad Frantz., Dean of the Marriage & Family Therapy, Master’s Degree Program, Phillips Graduate Institute, Encino, CA
“The Faculty Forum has impacted me significantly in several ways: 1. In my teaching: I learned that there is a best selling intro psych textbook that was written by a Christian psychologist. Next time I teach intro to psych, I will adopt his textbook; 2. In my relationship with students: I realize that I can’t play one role on Sundays and another the rest of the week. I pray that God will use me on my campus to change my non-believing students’ hearts; 3. In my perception of my professional calling: I know that I am on the campus for a reason, and I pray that God will use me.”
- Dr. Susan Siaw, Professor of Psychology,
California State Polytechnic University Pomona
“The C. S. Lewis Foundation is helping transform the lives of students with the gospel and serve those faculty who love God with both their hearts and their minds. Attending the Faculty Forum was a great spiritual blessing for me as I was able to fellowship with many others who labor for Christ in the university. The forum reminded me of the great need to pray for my university and to be a servant to all I serve. Every Christian in higher education should attend a Faculty Forum to be informed about the issues facing us in the university and to be inspired anew to serve Christ in their university.”
- Ron Ratliff, Humanities Reference Librarian,
Kansas State University
“The Faculty Forum was enormously heartening for me.... I returned energized to admit fifteen additional students to my C. S. Lewis English class next fall, it having filled in the first thirty-six hours of registration. I teach with renewed confidence in the Christian philosophic foundations of much literature, and an increased awareness of the hunger of students to discuss those qualities. Further, I particularly connected with three Christian faculty at the forum and now am in touch with three others here through my attending there... Thank you, thank you!”
- Dr. Nancy Yacher, Lecturer in English,
University of Kansas