Activity Report

CANADIAN CENTRE FOR SCHOLARSHIP AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

REPORT TO THE VPA AT CUE

Years 2012-2018

By Director Bill Anderson PhD

August 2018

Established 2012

Status Active

Total Grants to Date = $260,000

SSHRC Grants

2012-2014 = $90,000

2015-2017 = $90,000

Benefactor Grants GH1 Charity

2013-2017 = $40,000

2018-2022 = $40,000

Publications

Books

Atheism and the Christian Faith (Vernon Press 2017)

Indigenous People and the Christian Faith: A New Way Forward (Vernon Press in progress 2019)

Technology and Theology (Vernon Press slated 2021)

Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith (see appendix 4 for articles)

 

 

REPORT IN RELATION TO SSHRC FUNDING

The funding provided by SSHRC to CCSCF was gratefully received and successfully used to fulfill all the objectives of both in 2012-2014 and 2014-2017 applications.

  1. The establishment of a new Canadian Journal of Scholarship and the Christian Faith: Plans for the establishment of this journal are already well under way, but further support is required to seed the journal. The intent is for the journal to be fully peer-reviewed, online, and open-access in order to allow for maximum dialogue within the scholarly community. Funds are needed to establish the on-line presence, set up systems with respect to editorial and review work, and management of submissions.

    REPORT
    1.1    CCSCF has successfully launched the Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith at http://journal.ccscf.org/ as a fully peer-reviewed, online and open-access journal.
    1.2    CJSCF Mission Statement “The Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith is an international, interdisciplinary and scholarly peer-reviewed journal. It is open access and indexed. CJSCF is a continuous publication which means that articles are published to the web as they are received and adjudicated. We welcome submissions from the wider world of scholarship as it relates to the Christian Faith” at http://journal.ccscf.org/.
    1.3    CCSCF Executive appointed the Director of CCSCF as the Editor in Chief of CJSCF.
    1.4    CCSCF Executive gave the Editor in Chief a Mandate Winter 2014 at http://journal.ccscf.org/guidelines-and-information/cjscf-editor-mandate/  (see Appendix 1 for details).
    1.5    Guidelines for Submissions in an online form at http://journal.ccscf.org/guidelines-and-information/guidelines-for-submission/ (see Appendix 2 for details).
    1.6    Guidelines for Reviews may be found at http://journal.ccscf.org/guidelines-and-information/guidelines-for-reviewers/ (see Appendix 3 for details).
    1.7    See Appendix 4 for Editorial and Article Titles.

  2. The establishment of a new network of scholars investigating issues pertinent to the Christian faith: Through its on-line presence the CCSCF would establish an international network of scholars investigating issues pertinent to the Christian faith, with particular focus on interdisciplinary study. This could develop into a consortium that develops consensus research and teaching agendas, opportunities for further study and engagement, opportunities for student involvement, colloquia, and other events. While interactions and collaborations would be conducted mostly through an online environment (to be designed and integrated into the CCSCF website) a formal larger meeting would be held as part of the yearly Centre conference. ASU funding would be used to support a student research assistantship to provide the Director with support with the network.


    REPORT
    2.1    Interdisciplinary Network
    2.1.0       CCSCF is interdisciplinary by its very nature: Various disciplines from Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences etc are related to the Christian Faith.
    2.1.1       CCSCF has successfully established a network of scholars through a variety of venues and means with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research and dissemination.
    2.1.2       NB CCSCF from conception has been very arts and fine arts which have been a part of both the CJSCF (eg articles on comics and religion) and conferences
    2.1.3       Fine Arts and the Christian Faith conference 2014 (see section 5 for more details)
    2.1.4       Religion and Pop Culture conference 2015 including a CUE choir concert supporting the concert Zombie Choral Canon (funded by GH1 Charity)
    2.1.5       Artists
    2.1.5.0 NB examples had “leading” roles at conferences and events
    2.1.5.1 Nathan Berg world renowned opera singer 2014 (Canadian)
    2.1.5.2 Ted Larson Visual Artist 2014 (USA)
    2.1.5.3 The Ordo Collective performance of Hildegard of Bingen Ordo Virtutum 2014 (Canadian)
    2.1.5.4 Play Freud’s Last Session 2014 (Canadian)
    2.1.5.5 Composer Kevin Sherwood Keynote 2015 (USA)
    2.1.5.6 Elena Siegman singer with Zombie Choral Canon 2015 (USA)
    2.1.5.7 Malukah singer with Zombie Choral Canon 2015 (Mexico)
    2.1.5.8 Alexander Angnaluak painter 2018 (Canadian Inuit)
    2.1.5.9 See section 5 and conference 2014 for many other artists
    2.2    CCSCF Webpage, Online Journal and Social Media
    2.2.0       Communication and Collaboration.
    2.2.1       CJSCF publication of interdisciplinary articles
    2.2.2       FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/Canadian-Centre-for-Scholarship-and-the-Christian-Faith-437827833042244/
    2.2.3       Twitter
    2.2.4       Research Assistant manages online journal CJSCF
    2.3    International Network
    2.3.0       Exchanges with International Universities and Journals
    2.3.1       International University Liebenzell in Germany
    2.3.1.1 CCSCF Director was Keynote at a Theology Conference in June 2014
    2.3.1.2 CCSCF Director had an exchange teaching and relationship strengthening trip in October 2014
    2.3.1.3 German Scholars brought to 2015 Conference on “Religion and Pop Culture”
    2.3.1.3.1          Lucas Wehner (Executive Assistant to President of IHL) presented on “YOLO – Religion and Consumer Behavior among Young Christians in North America and Germany”
    2.3.1.3.2          Jonathan Krauss (IHL student) presented on “Religious Themes in Ridley Scott’s Movies and Their Impact on Our Society and the Christian Faith”
    2.3.1.4 German Scholars brought to 2017 Conference on “500 Years of Reformation”
    2.3.1.4.1          Dr Harald Jung “Simul Justus et Peccator: Luther, Bonhoeffer and the ‘Rhine Capitalism’”
    2.3.1.4.2          Dr Bernd Brandl “‘Here I Stand, I Cannot Do Otherwise’! 500 Years of Reformation: What Would Luther Say to Us Today?”
    2.3.1.4.3          Meeting led to CCSCF Director’s appointment to the Editorial Board of the German Journal for Markets and Ethics (explicitly related to Theology)
    2.3.1.4.4          Meeting led to the appointment of Dr Harald Jung to the Editorial Board of CJSCF
    2.3.1.5 For further details on international scholars, see section 5 on conference with presenters’ institutions
    2.3.2       CCSCF Director appointed to the editorial board of the German publication Journal for Markets and Ethics (explicitly related to Theology) https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jome
    2.3.3       Jerusalem University College: CCSCF Director is the CUE liaison with trips there in 2010 and 2013 (paid from CUE)
    2.3.4       University of Pisa (May 2018)
    2.3.4.0 Objectives
    2.3.4.1 Build international ties with the University of Pisa and CCSCF
    2.3.4.2 Promote the CCSCF 2019 conference on “Technology and Theology”
    2.3.4.3 Build international teaching ties with the University of Pisa and CUE
    2.3.4.4 Teaching exchange: Lecture series on Pop Culture and Religion
    2.3.4.5 Promote Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith and seek international future collaboration
    2.3.5       University of Porto Portugal (slated May 2019)
    2.3.5.0 University of Porto Sociology professor Dr Paul Guerra has visited CUE and desired further international exchange, collaboration and development with CUE
    2.3.5.1 CUE decided CCSCF Director Dr Bill Anderson might be the best vehicle or agent to this end
    2.3.5.2 Collaboration on “Pop Culture and Religion” with University of Porto Sociology professor Dr Paul Guerra
    2.3.5.3 Teaching Exchange: CCSCF Director will teach his course on Pop Culture and Religion at the University of Porto
    2.3.5.4 Collaboration on a special issue of CJSCF on Pop Culture and Religion likely with some focus on comics with CUE professor Dr Reginald Wiebe
    2.3.5.5 Future exchange bringing Dr Guerra to CUE and CCSCF conference
    2.4    Student Involvement with CCSCF and Conferences
    2.4.1       Research Assistant to the CCSCF Director
    2.4.1.1 Yearly support to CCSCF Director at 5 hours per week
    2.4.1.2 Must be IT fluent and able to manage, develop and adapt the CCSCF webpage
    2.4.1.3 Must manage annual conference including Event Brite and conference spreadsheets with reporting to Director.
    2.4.1.4 Graphic Design and Photoshop capabilities (for poster and advertising development) is essential. Creativity is an asset.
    2.4.1.5 For a fuller Job Description see Appendix 5
    2.4.2       Student Session Chairs for Conference
    2.4.2.1 Provide invaluable professional experience mc-ing and directing Q&A
    2.4.2.2 Opportunity to learn up close from professional scholars
    2.4.2.3 Mr Drew Nicoll
    Mr Thomas Boyd
    Ms Sarah Cameron
    Ms Lenora Wallden
    Ms Erin Archer
    Ms Brittany Hinton
    2.4.3    Student Presenters at Conference
    2.4.3.0 NB Most were interdisciplinary presentations
    2.4.3.1 Provide invaluable professional experience
    2.4.3.2 Research and PowerPoint Development
    2.4.3.3 Networking Opportunities
    2.4.3.4 See section 5 for details
    2.5    FaithLife Lecture
    2.5.0       Annual event funded mostly by a grant from FaithLife Financial with subsidiary aid from SSHRC
    2.5.1       Separate yet related topic to the annual conference
    2.5.3       Secondary but important purpose to act as a feeder to the annual conference
    2.5.4       FLL Topics and Years
    2.5.4.1 An Evening with Nathan Berg: Opera and the Christian Faith (2014)
    2.5.4.2 The Complex and Sophisticated Nature of Religion and Pop Culture with Professor Dr Mary Ann Beavis from University of Saskatchewan (2015)
    2.5.4.3 Is the Atheist My Neighbor? with Dr Randal Rauser from Taylor Seminary in Edmonton (2016)
    2.5.4.4 From Megadeth to MegaLife with Grammy Award Winning David Ellefson of Megadeth (2017)
    2.6    International and National Scholars at Annual Conferences
    2.6.0       Sample keynotes but see section 5 for international presenters
    2.6.1       Dr Jeffery David Lyle from Baylor University USA (2012)
    2.6.2       Dr David Meyers from Hope College USA (2013)
    2.6.3       Dr Gene Veith from Patrick Henry College USA (2014)
    2.6.4       Professor Richard Swinburne from Oxford University UK (2016)
    2.6.5       Dr Robert Kolb Concordia Lutheran Seminary USA (2017)
    2.6.6       Dr Cheryl Bear Regent College Canada (2018)
    2.7    International Availability of Conference Keynotes and FaithLife Lectures on the CCSCF webpage.

  3. Positioning of the Center for the Study of Scholarship and the Christian Faith as a national hub for related scholarly activities: A member of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, Dr. Bill Anderson, is director of the Center. One emphasis of his work in the coming years will be to further promote the activities of the CCSCF nationally and internationally. Renewed ASU funds would be used to fund student research assistantships to aid the Director.

    REPORT
    3.0    Most of the relevant information for this section may be found section 3 above.
    3.1    Of note here, for promotion of the CCSCF activities internationally and nationally, is the three book deals CCSCF has secured with the prestigious academic publisher Vernon Press from New York USA
    3.1.1       Atheism and the Christian Faith (published August 2017)
    3.1.2       Indigenous People and the Christian Faith: A New Way Forward (in progress 2018)
    3.1.3       Technology and Theology (slated 2019)
    3.2    Student Research Assistant and Book Publication
    3.2.1       MA student and Research Assistant to the CCSCF Director, Christopher Legerme (graduated with MA 2016), compiled the Bibliography and Index for the book Atheism and the Christian Faith
    3.2.2       Future Research Assistants are slated for similar and additional work on the 2018 and 2019 books

  4. Organization of one multi-disciplinary conference during each of the next three years of the research program: The conferences would include the invitation of at least two keynote speakers per year, and would be scheduled according to disciplines.


    REPORT
    4.0    NB Two keynote speakers for conferences proved fiscally challenging.
    4.1    Conferences in Schematic
    4.1.1       Humanities and the Christian Faith (2012)
    4.1.2       Social Sciences and the Christian Faith (2013)
    4.1.3       Fine Arts and the Christian Faith (2014)
    4.1.4       Religion and Pop Culture (2015)
    4.1.5       Atheism and the Christian Faith (2016)
    4.1.6       500 Years of Reformation (2017)
    4.1.7       Indigenous People and the Christian Faith: A New Way Forward (2018)
    4.1.8       Technology and Theology (2019)

    4.2    Stats for Annual Conferences

    2012
      1    Registrants Total = 43
      1.1 Full = 39
      1.2 Students = 4
      2    Paper Presentations = 22
      2.1 Professional = 17
      2.2 Student = 4
      3    Keynote = 1 by Dr David Lyle Jeffrey
      4    Plenary = 1 by Dr David Lyle Jeffrey

      2013
      1    Registrants Total = 48
      1.1 Full = 38
      1.2 Students = 10
      2    Paper Presentations = 20
      2.1 Professional = 17
      2.2 Student = 1
      2.3 Clergy = 2
      3    Academic Posters = 9 (professionals with students)
      4    Symposium = 1 (including papers from above)
      5    Keynote = 1 by Dr David Myers

    2014
      1    Registrants Total = 57
      1.1 Full = 52
      1.2 Students = 5
      2    Paper Presentations = 14
      2.1 Professional = 9
      2.2 Student = 1
      2.3 Lay = 4
      3    Art Presentations = 5
      4    Performance Art = 7
      5    Concert = 1 Hildegard Ordo Virtutum by The Ordo Collective
      6    Play = 1 Freud’s Last Session
      7    Keynote = 1 by Dr Gene Veith
      8    Plenaries = 2 by Dr Gene Veith
      9    Special Art Presentation by Ted Larson

      2015
      1    Registrants Total = 55
      1.1 Full = 23
      1.2 Students = 32
      2    Paper Presentations = 27
      2.1 Professional = 7
      2.2 Student = 20
      3    Academic Posters = 1
      4    Concert = 1 Zombie Choral Canon
      5    Plenary = 1 Dr Bill Anderson

      2016
      1    Registrants Total = 95
      1.1 Full = 58
      1.2 Students = 37
      2    Paper Presentations = 26
      2.1 Professional = 13
      2.2 Student = 12
      2.3 Clergy = 1
      3    Keynote = 1 by Professor Richard Swinburne
      4    Plenaries = 2
      4.1 Professor Richard Swinburne
      4.2 Dr Don Page

      2017
      1    Registrants Total = 62
      1.1 Full = 39
      1.2 Students = 23
      2    Paper Presentations = 16
      2.1 Professional = 10
      2.2 Student = 4
      2.3 Clergy = _2
      3    Keynote = 1 by Dr Robert Kolb
      4    Plenaries = 1 by Dr Robert Kolb

      2018
      1    Registrants Total = 47
      1.1 Full = 38
      1.2 Students = 7
      1.3 Alumni = 2
      2    Paper Presentations = 10
      2.1 Professional = 9
      2.2 Student = 1
      2.3 Clergy = 5 (also academics)
      3    Keynote = 1 by Dr Cheryl Bear
      4    Plenaries = 2
      4.1 1 by Dr Cheryl Bear
      4.2 1 by Alexander Angnaluak

    4.3    Presenters and Topics for Annual Conferences
    2012
    Dr Bill Anderson (Religious Studies, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “From Marilyn Manson to Amos: A Theology of Religious and Cultural Tolerance from Amos 2.1-3”

    Ms Kara Boda (Religious Studies, Ambrose University College, Calgary AB Canada) “The Christian Historian as an Agent of Christ’s Redemption”

    Dr Gary Colwell (Philosophy, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Is Freewill an Illusion?”

    Mr Jon deTombe (English, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK Canada) “Four Quartets, Apophatic Poetics, and the ‘Intolerable Wrestle with Words and Meanings’”

    Mr Jeffrey Dudiak (Philosophy, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “The Truth about Truth: A Case for the Humanities in the Christian University”

    Mr Michael Gillingham (English, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB Canada) “Religious Language, Religious Ritual and Rene Girard’s Mimetic Violence in Sheila Watson’s The Double Hook”

    Dr Kyle Jantzen (History, Ambrose University College, Calgary AB Canada) “Echoes of God’s Voice: Reflections on the Utility of Christian Paradigms in History”

    Dr David Lyle Jeffrey (Literature and Humanities, Baylor University, Waco TX USA) “The Future of the Humanities and the Christian Faith”

    Dr David Lyle Jeffrey (Literature and Humanities, Baylor University, Waco TX USA) “Scripture in the Medieval Studium and the Rise of the Humanities” in the CUCA Auditorium

    Dr Stephen Martin (Theology, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Humanities Future: Learning from South Africa’s Project for a New Humanism”

    Deaconess Ruth McDonnell (Arts, Concordia Seminary, St Louis MO USA) “Towards Recovering a Full-Bodied Eschatology in the Funeral Liturgy through Hymnody”

    Dr Philip Mingay (English, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Post-Colonial Theory and the Christian Scholar”

    Dr Stephen Muir (Religious Studies, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “The Two-Edged Sword— The Epistle to the Hebrews as Counter-Culture Protest”

    Dr Joanne Neal (Education, Concordia University College Edmonton AB Canada) “The Connection Between Critical Thinking and Ethical Reasoning (and Why We Should Care)”

    Mr Graham Nickel (Religious Studies, Trinity Western University, Langley BC Canada) “Religion and Literature”

    Ms Aleena Pawlik (Religious Studies, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Vampires, From Medieval Monster to Modern Messiah: The Religious Transformation of the Vampire Archtype”

    Dr Neil Querengesser (English, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Evidence of Things Unseen: Words and the Christian Faith in Contemporary Canadian Poetry”

    Dr Louis Rouleau (Religious Studies, Newman Theological College, Edmonton AB Canada) “True Stars in the Firmament of History’: Pope Benedict XVI as Christian Historian and Theologian of History”

    Dr Mark Sandle (History, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Writing the ‘Anti-History’ of Communism”

    Dr Tina Trigg (English, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “A Voice from the Wilderness: The Challenging Call of Margaret Atwood”

    Prof William Van Arragon (History, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Christian History as Antihistory”

    Mr Benjamin van den Bosch (Philosophy, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Human Affirmative Statements about God”

    Mr Daniel vanHeyst (Drama, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) in Dialogue “Choosing Christian Drama”

    Mr Benjamin Wheaton (Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, ON Canada) “Slaughters and Miracles: A Christian View of History as Cyclic in Gregory of Tours”

    2013

    Dr Bill Anderson (Religious Studies, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Genesis on Maladaptive Behavior and Dysfunctional Families”

    Dr Catherine Caufield (Religious Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB Canada) “Scientific Enquiry into the Spiritual Dimension of Healing: Contemporary Catholic Approaches”

    Ms Emily Crate and Dr Wendy Pullin (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Close Personal Relationships and Emotional Regulation via Prayer”

    Ms Emily Crate, Ms Leah Kelly and Dr Bryan Rooney (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “The Relationship between Duration of Residency and Religiosity”

    Ms Naomi Danielson, Ms Brittany Hinton and Dr Bryan Rooney (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Is it Better to Be Christian, Muslim or Atheist When Applying for a Job?”

    Dr Peter Doherty (Psychology, St Mary’s College, Calgary AB Canada) “Resilience Strategy of St Paul”

    Revd Darren Dressler (Pastor, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Airdrie AB Canada) “A Biblically Informed Assumptive World”

    Dr John Dyck and Dr Robynne Healey (Political Studies and History, Trinity Western University, Langley BC Canada) “Framing a Christian University Unionization Drive”

    Dr Delmar Epp (Psychology, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg MB Canada) “Self-Protection: A Means to Wholeness?”

    Ms Jessica Gosselin, Mr Kenneth Murdoch, Dr Bryan Rooney and Dr Dorothy Steffler (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Spirituality: Effects on Psychological, Emotional, and Social Health”

    Ms Chayse Haldane and Dr Wendy Pullin (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Therapeutic Benefits of Managing Anger by ‘Talking with God’”

    Ms Carrie Hall (Sociology, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Environmental Discussions within Canadian Mennonite: Content Analysis of Canadian Religious Periodicals”

    Dr Randolph Haluza-DeLay and Mr Daniel Muthui (Sociology, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Religious Mediation: Media Framing and the Role of Christian Social Actors in Public Discourses”

    Ms Lillian Kennedy (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Limbic Regulation and Group Worship”

    Dr Alison Kulak (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “The Role of Religion and Spirituality among Caregivers of Persons with Dementia”

    Dr Marvin McDonald (Psychology, Trinity Western University, Langley BC Canada) “Christian Higher Education as Intercultural Service Opportunity: Scholarship as Calling”

    Mr Jason Morris (Political Science, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George BC Canada) “Unpacking the Baggage of Poverty Reduction Efforts in a Kenyan Slum Orphan Rescue Centre”

    Dr David G Myers (Professor of Psychology at Hope College) “Psychological Science Meets the World of Faith” in the CUCA Auditorium

    Dr Joanne Neal (Education, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Encouraging Christian Eloquence”

    Revd Mike Pietsch (Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Wetaskiwin AB Canada) “Is God Still at University?”

    Dr Wendy Pullin, Ms Chayse Haldane, Ms Emily Crate and Ms Shelby Vitek (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Emotional Regulation of Anger through Christian Prayer and Faith-Based Beliefs”

    Dr Wendy Pullin (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Love and the Limbic Dance of Intimacy”

    Dr Richard Rymarz (Education, St Joseph’s College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Evangelization and Culture: A Sociological Reflection”

    Dr Dale Schlenker (Sociology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Beyond Religion: Collective Meaning in Community Context”

    Dr Elizabeth Smythe (Political Economy, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) and Dr Peter Smith (Political Science, Athabasca University, Athabasca AB Canada) “Faith, Global Justice and Forums of Resistance to Neo-Liberalism”

    Dr Dorothy Steffler (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada)  Closing Reflection

    Dr Dorothy Steffler, Mr Kenneth Murdoch and Ms Jessica Gosselin (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Factors that Influence Meaning and Spirituality in Young, Middle-Age, and Older Adults”

    Dr Dorothy Steffler ((Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada)  “Love and Meaning”

    Dr Tina Trigg (English, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Teaching Psychology through Literature: Redeeming the Power of the Word”

    Ms Shelby Vitek and Dr Wendy Pullin (Psychology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Anger in Relationships: The Role of Prayer”

    Dr Jean Walrond (Sociology, Concordia University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Christian Faith and the Voices of Caribbean Families Who Seek Education for Their Children in the North”

    Mr Eric Wanjiru (Psychology, King’s University College, Edmonton AB Canada) “Faith-Based Parenting”

    2014

    Trish Acres “Faith Journey” (painting)

    Dr Joy Berg (Fine Arts, Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton AB Canada) “‘With Glowing Hearts’ – Canadian Congregational Song”

    Revd Gwen Bright and Ms Caroline Howarth “Performing Hildegard, The Ordo Collective”

    Erik Cheung “Mystery of Faith” (painting)

    Revd Daniel Deyell (Advent Lutheran Church, Evansburg AB Canada) “Conclusive Separation of the Visual Arts in Western Society from the Church in the Late Nineteenth Century”

    Ms Kim Fjordbotten (Visual Arts, The Paint Spot, Edmonton AB Canada) “Visual Journaling Prayer Book”

    Marilyn Nilsson Grabinsky “Trust: Lessons from Psalm 139” (paintings)

    Revd David Kitz (Dramatic Arts, Pacific Life Bible College, Orleans ON Canada) “Little Froggy Explores the BIG World”

    Revd David Kitz (Dramatic Arts, Pacific Life Bible College, Orleans ON Canada) “Psalms Alive! Connecting Heaven and Earth”

    Mr John Lawrence (Music Therapy, Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton AB Canada) “Music Therapy – Incorporating Faith into My Professional and Person-Centered Practice”

    Dr Danielle Lisboa (Fine Arts, Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton AB Canada) “An Embattled Soul: César Franck’s Piano Quintet in F Minor”

    Mrs Jennifer Maxfield (Fine Arts, Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton AB Canada) “’Ears to Hear’: Designs of Faith in Bach’s Music”

    Dr John Maxfield (Religious Studies, Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton AB Canada) “The Visual Arts as Sources for Reformation History and Theology”

    Ms Geneva Moore “In My Father’s House” and “Triumphal Entry” (painting)

    Mrs Marilyn Nilsson Grabinsky (Visual Arts, Edmonton AB Canada) “Trust: Lessons from Psalm 139”

    Dr Barbara Reul (Musicology, Luther College at the University of Regina SK Canada) “Spirit(s)-Filled Work? The Case of Johann Heinrich Heil (1706-1764), Organist at St Bartholomäi Lutheran Church in Zerbst Germany”

    Mr Daniel vanHeyst “To Serve and To Witness” (painting)

    Dr Gene Veith “The Arts and Imagination in Christian Apologetic Outreach”

    Dr Gene Veith on “The Arts, the Imagination, and the Christian Life” (Keynote)

    Visual Arts Club (Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton AB Canada) “Jesus Figure as Modern Visual Art in Video Games”

    2015

    Dr Bill Anderson (Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Always Running and How Theology Deals with Zombies” (Plenary)

    Dr Mary Ann Beavis (St Thomas More College, Saskatoon SK Canada) “From Holy Grail to The Lost Gospel: Margaret Starbird and the Mary Magdalene Romance”

    Ms Brianna Bennett (Education, Concordia University of Edmonton) “Religion in The Walking Dead”

    Ms Nataliya Bezborodova (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada) “Sacred Viewing of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and Folk Christmas Carols on the Maidan”

    Mrs Melissa Buck (Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “A Progression of Faith in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves”

    Ms Sarah Cameron (Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Religion in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus”

    Mr Brett Fawcett (Divinity, Newman Theological College, Edmonton AB Canada) “God’s Own Wind: Sherlock Holmes as Conan Doyle’s, and Modernity’s, Post-Christian Search for Meaning”

    Mr Jeffry Gabert (Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Ancient Near Eastern Religion in Dungeons and Dragons”

    Mr Michael Gillingham (Religious Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada) “Religion, Violence and the Other in American Sniper”

    Ms Brittany Hinton (Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Religion in Tomb Raider”

    Mr Adam Lloyd Johnson (PhD Program, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest NC USA) “When the Machines Take Over . . . Or Have They Already?”

    Professor Norman Knowles (History, St Mary’s University College, Calgary AB Canada) “I Pulled into Nazareth: Religion and the Counter-Culture in the New American Cinema”

    Mr Jonathan Krauss (Theology, Internationale Hochschule Liebenzell, Germany) “Religious Themes in Ridley Scott’s Movies and Their Impact on Our Society and the Christian Faith”

    Ms Chanda Laube (Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Religion in Breaking Bad”

    Mrs Melissa Moore (Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Malls as Churches and Shopping as Worship”

    Mr Brendon Neilson (PhD Program, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) “Horizontal Transcendence and the Compelling Nature of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood”

    Mr Chad Nuss (PhD Program, Southern Theological Seminary, Louisville KY USA) “Christ in Comic Book Culture: Imaginary Apologetics and Sequential Art”

    Mr Chad Nuss (PhD Program, Southern Theological Seminary, Louisville KY USA) “Christ in Comic Book Culture: Parabolic Evangelism”

    Mr Chad Nuss (PhD Program, Southern Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY USA) “The Silence: A Visual Literary Example of Imaginary Apologetics and Parabolic Evangelism”

    Ms Angela Querengesser (Psychology, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “The Holiest Place on Earth: Disneyland as a Modern Christian Pilgrimage”

    Dr Richard Rymarz (Religious Education, St Joseph’s College, Edmonton AB Canada) “He’s ‘Our Little Mate’ Looking Over Us! Death in Pop Culture”

    Dr Dale Schlenker (Sociology, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Pursuing Phantoms: The Search for Religious Meaning in Popular Culture”

    Dr Kevin Schut (Media and Communication, Trinity Western University, Langley BC Canada) “What If Jesus Didn’t Die? Video Games, Meaning, and the Challenge of Playing with Religion”

    Dr Cory Seibel (Point Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Edmonton AB Canada) “Pop Culture and Intergenerational Solidarity in Congregations”

    Mr Kevin Sherwood (Senior Sound Designer for Call of Duty) Keynote “Zombies in Pop Culture”

    Ms Lenora Wallden (Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Sacred Ink: A Look at the Cultural and Spiritual Implications of Tattoos”

    Mr Lucas Wehner (Theology, Internationale Hochschule Liebenzell, Germany) “YOLO – Religion and Consumer Behavior among Young Christians in North America and Germany”

    Mr Mark Wheller (PhD Program, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada) “DC Graphic Novel, Kingdom Come, as Interpretive Lens for the Book of Revelation”

    Ms Lexie Zechman (Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Religion in Video Games”

    2016

    Ms Erin Archer (Psychology, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Irony of Atheism and Religion in Video Games”

    Mr Ali Azizi but presented by Mohammad Ajallooein (Philosophy, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada) “Unobservable Entities and the Problem of Divine Hiddenness”

    Mr Andrew Brigham (Philosophy, University of Ottawa, ON Canada) “The Modal Argument Against Naturalism”

    Mr Chris Christiansen (Theology, ACTS Seminary, Langley BC Canada) “Atheism and Biblical Morality”

    Dr Travis Dumsday (Philosophy, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Does a Delayed Origin for Biological Life Count as Evidence Against the Existence of God?”

    Mr Michael Gillingham (Religion and Literature, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada) “The Irish Funeral as Political/Theological Statement: Comparing Funerals of Joyce and Heaney”

    Mr Tyler Hamilton (Philosophy, The King’s University, Edmonton AB Canada) “Extinction and Eschatology: An Unlikely Hope”

    Mr Ataollah Hashemi (Philosophy, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada) “Why Divine Self-Disclosure is Not Desirable”

    Ms Courtney Hunt (Psychology, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Perceived Religiosity and Moral Appraisal”

    Dr David Kyle Johnson (Philosophy, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre PA USA) “The Moral Culpability of Choosing to Believe (in God)”

    Mr Stefan James Knibbe (Philosophy, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto ON Canada) “The Power of Myths to Speak to Pre-Theoretical Religious Commitments”

    Dr Nathan Kowalsky (Philosophy, St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada) “Evil — Nature — God: Three Critiques”

    Dr Stephen Martin (Theology, The King’s University, Edmonton AB Canada) “’I’ll Give Him Time’: Archbishop Rowan Williams on The New Atheism”

    Mr Andrew McDonald (Theology, Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton AB Canada) “The Religion of Atheism: The Wrath of Man against God’s Unrighteousness”

    Dr Alan McLuckie (Philosophy, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada) “Is God Even Possible? Leibniz’ Modal Proof for the Existence of God”

    Professor Don Page (Astrophysics, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada) “The Optimal Argument for the Existence of God”

    Mr Jahdiel N Perez (Philosophical Theology, Harvard University, Cambridge MA USA) “Nietzsche: Master of Suspicion or Mastered by Suspicion? (Reclaiming Hermeneutical Suspicion)

    Mr Jahdiel N Perez (Philosophical Theology, Harvard University, Cambridge MA USA) “Silly Things We Apologists Say: 4 Bad Arguments Against Atheists”

    Mr Finney Premkumar (Philosophy, Truth Matters International, Pasadena CA USA) “The Representational (Metaphysical) Limitation of Science and its Implication for Thinking about God”

    Dr Randal Rauser (Theology, Taylor Seminary, Edmonton AB Canada) “Atheism and the Pale Blue Dot”

    Dr Charles Peter Rodger (Philosophy, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada) “The Ontological Proof Fails — For the Love of God”

    Dr Elliot Rossiter (Philosophy, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Locke and Natural Religion”

    Dr Dale Schlenker (Sociology, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Wineskins without Wine: Religion for Atheists?

    Dr Cory L Seibel (Connor Hills Point Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Edmonton AB Canada) “There Arose Another Generation: Learning from Atheistic and Agnostic “Nones” Who Have Left the Church”

    Mr Matthew Small (Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, London Canada) “Why Atheists Should be Anti-Natalists: The Argument from Evil and the Ethics of Procreation”

    Dr Jonathan Strand (Philosophy, Concordia University of Edmonton, AB Canada) “Theism, Atheism, and the Ethics of Hope”

    Mr Nathan R Strunk (Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal QC Canada) “Tell No Stories: Atheism in French Phenomenology’s Theological Turn”

    Professor Richard Swinburne (Philosophy, Oxford University, UK) “The Existence of God”

    Professor Richard Swinburne (Philosophy, Oxford University, UK) “Why Does God Allow Suffering?”

    2017

    Dr Bernd Brandl (International University Liebenzell in Germany) “‘Here I Stand, I Cannot Do Otherwise’! 500 Years of Reformation: What Would Luther Say to Us Today?”

    Mr Kevin Burrell (Burman University in Lacombe AB) “Imperialism in the Age of Reformation”

    Revd Darren Dressler (Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Airdrie AB) “The Theology of the Cross as Foundation for the Compassionate Care of the Bereaved”

    Dr Travis Dumsday from Concordia University Edmonton AB “Religious and Paranormal Experiences as Evidence for Purgatory”

    Mr Brett Fawcett (Newman Theological Seminary in Edmonton AB) “Simul Presbyter et Peccator: Reading Reformation Ecclesiology in Post-Abuse Crisis Catholicism”

    Mr Michael Gillingham (University of Alberta in Edmonton AB) “Reflections on Luther 500 in Germany 2015”

    Dr John Hellwege (Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton AB) “The Nazification of Martin Luther”

    Dr Harald Jung (International University Liebenzell in Germany) “Simul Justus et Peccator: Luther, Bonhoeffer and the ‘Rhine Capitalism’”

    Dr Robert Kolb (Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St Louis MO) “500 Years of Reformation” (Keynote)

    Dr Robert Kolb (Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St Louis MO) “Luther’s Impact on University Education and Christian Liberal Arts”

    Dr Mark Loo (Concordia University of Edmonton AB) “Spirituality: Definitions and Accommodations at the Workplace”

    Dr Stephen Martin (The King’s University in Edmonton AB) “The Ambiguous Legacy of the Reformation in the Global South”

    Dr John Maxfield (Concordia University of Edmonton AB) “The Enduring Importance of Luther’s Exposition of the Old Testament as Christian Revelation”

    Dr Steve Reasor (Burman University in Lacombe AB) “The Enduring Legacy of William Tyndale”

    Dr Cory Seibel (Central Baptist Church Edmonton AB and Sioux Falls Seminary SD)Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda: An Intergenerational Perspective”

    Dr Jonathan Strand (Concordia University of Edmonton AB) “Mistakes of Reason in Popular Lutheran Reasoning about Reason”

    Ms Nora Wallden (Concordia University Edmonton AB) “Our Need for Article XV: Human Traditions in the Church”

    2018

    Mr Alexander Angnaluak (Ottawa ON) “Traditional Indigenous Stories in Art”

    Dr Cheryl Bear (Regent College Vancouver BC) “Indigenous People and the Christian Faith: A New Way Forward” (keynote)

    Dr Cheryl Bear (Regent College Vancouver BC) “Indigenous Worldview, Culture and Values: Everything You Wanted to Know about Indigenous People But Were Afraid You Were Too White to Ask”

    Dr Tolly Bradford and Ms Jessica Joannou (Concordia University of Edmonton AB) “Christianity and Indigenous Peoples: A History in Two Themes”

    Dr Vinod John (Taylor Seminary Edmonton AB) “Believing in Christ as Indian Hindus: The Socio-Religious Identity of the Hindu Devotees of Jesus Christ”

    Dr Stephen Martin (Kings University Edmonton AB) “Justice UnLocked: A Eucharistic Theology of Land”

    Mr Martin Nord (PhD Candidate University of Western Ontario) “Documents and Loving Relationships: The United Church of Canada’s Reconciliation Efforts”

    Rev Matthew Oliver P.Eng (St John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Edmonton AB) Reverend Lori Calkins (Indigenous Ministries Initiative, Anglican Diocese of Edmonton AB) “Can There Be Reconciliation without There First Being Truth? Indigenous and Settler Cosmologies and the Ni wapataenan/Maskihkîy âcimowin Projects

    Mr Fidelis Olokunboro (University of Notre Dame IN USA) “African Folk Christianity: A Case of Reformed African Traditional Religion or the Disconcerting Homologies between Christianity and African Traditional Religion?”

    Rev Dr Tobias Schuckert (International University Liebenzell in Germany) “Postcolonial Considerations on Shusaku Endô`s Silence and Indigeneity”

    Dr Jonathan Strand (Concordia University of Edmonton AB) “Animism, Contemporary Philosophy of Mind, and the Christian Faith”

    Mr Bill Werry (former Deputy Minister of Indigenous Relations in the Government of Alberta) “Law and the Christian Faith with Canadian Indigenous People”

APPENDICES

Appendix 1

Mandate of the Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith
1    Editor in Chief of CJSCF receives her/his 3 year renewable term mandate from the Executive Committee of the Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith.
2    Editor in Chief of CJSCF is accountable to the Executive Committee of the CCSCF.
3    Editor in Chief of CJSCF is charged to maintain the webpage of the journal.
4    Editor in Chief of CJSCF is charged to maintain the standards and protocols of the journal in relation to Guidelines for Submission and Guidelines for Reviewers.
5    Editor in Chief of CJSCF is charged to maintain the standards and composition of the Editorial Advisory Committee.
6    Editor in Chief of CJSCF has an executive mandate to secure specific scholars from various disciplines for the purpose of reviewing article submissions as per Guidelines for Submissions 4.2
7    Editor in Chief of CJSCF may publish editorials for the journal with two successful peer reviews.

Appendix 2

Guidelines for Submission for the Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith
1    Subject Matter, Scope and Nature
1.1 CJSCF has a broad scope of subject matter related to the Christian Faith
1.2 Any academic discipline—including but not limited to the Humanities, Science, Fine Arts and Social Sciences—is welcome to relate their field to the Christian Faith
1.3 CJSCF is largely interdisciplinary by nature
2    CJSCF conforms to The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition 2013 and the Citation Quick Guide may be found at http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
3    The author can use the provided template to write or to cut and paste their article into the CJSCF format
3.1 The author can save the article and return to it as often as they like—but do not press submit until the article is finished and ready for review
3.2 Hebrew and Greek fonts are available in the template format
3.3 When the article is ready for submission click SUBMIT at the bottom of the template
3.4 CJSCF TEMPLATE CLICK
4    Review Process
4.1 Peer Reviewed by qualified scholars in specific fields
4.2 Editor in Chief will forward articles to appropriate scholars for review
4.3 Double Blind Review
4.3.1    Reviewer(s) will not know the name of the author(s)
4.3.2    Nor will the author(s) know the name of the reviewer(s)
4.4 Duration: May be from weeks to months
4.5 Please be patient . . . .
5    Copyright Statement
Articles in the Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith are the property of the journal and copyrighted by them. Articles may be reproduced and quoted as long as they are properly referenced. CJSCF is an open-access publication which may enter into licensing agreements with research database services.

Appendix 3

Guidelines for Reviews for the Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith
1    Disposition of Professionalism, Collegiality and Courtesy
2    Purposeful Criticism including Questions and Comments
3    Timely Manner
4    Evaluation Criteria on a 10 Scale (10 Outstanding – 1 Poor)
4.1 __Current Interest to the Field
4.2 __ Word Count Range (X mark)
4.3 __ Format Conforms to The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition 2013
4.4 __ Appropriate Methodology and Theoretical Framework
4.5 __ Significant Contribution to the Field
4.5.1    Insight into the Subject Matter
4.5.2 Advances Knowledge and Understanding of the Subject Matter
4.6__ Knowledge and Interaction with Primary and Secondary Literature
4.7__ Clearly Written with Good Grammatical Mechanics
4.8__ Article and or Conclusion are Thought-Provoking
4.9__ Overall Rating
5    Reviewer’s Comments
5.1__ Under the criteria above as appropriate
5.2__ In the manuscript margins by way of the “Review” tab of Microsoft Word
6    Reviewer’s Confidential Recommendation (X mark)
6.1__ Accept
6.2__ Accept with Revisions (as per # 5 above)
6.3__ Revise and Resubmit (as per # 5 above)
6.4__ Reject

Appendix 4

Articles in the Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith
Ecclesiology

“Humanities Future: Learning from South Africa’s New Humanism Project” by Stephen W. Martin 

The Christian Historian as an Agent of Christ’s Redemption: A Foucauldian-Pauline Philosophy of HistorybyKara Boda Harvey

Theology of Inculturation of the Faith: The Oblate-Aboriginal Encounter in Alberta by Catherine Caufield

“There Arose Another Generation: Learning from Atheistic and Agnostic Nones Who Have Left the Church” by Cory L. Seibel

Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda: An Intergenerational Perspective” by Cory L. Seibel

Education

Encouraging Christian Eloquence” by Joanne Neal

Music

“Gracious Spirit, hear our pleading” – The case of Johann Heinrich Heil (1706–1764), organist at St. Bartholomäi Lutheran Church in Zerbst, Germany” by Barbara M. Reul

Philosophy

“Perfect Productive Power: A Unifying Theme in the Philosophical Theology of John Duns Scotus” by Marilyn McCord Adams

The Value of Natural Law for Engaging Culture and Politics: Responding To A Common Objection To Natural Law” by Adam Lloyd Johnson

God’s Own Wind: Sherlock Holmes as Conan Doyle’s, and Modernity’s, Post-Christian Search for Meaning” by Brett Fawcett

Pop Culture and Religion

Christian Ministry in a Comic Book Culture: “Parabolic Evangelism” and the Use of Stories in Evangelistic Ministry” by Chad Nuss

Christian Ministry in a Comic Book Culture: Imaginative Apologetics and Sequential Art” by Chad Nuss

Theology

The Blood of the Covenant According to the Gospel of Mark: Dialogical Reflections on Mark 14:24” by Christian A. Eberhart and Don Schweitzer

Editorials by Bill Anderson

“What’s with All the Zombies? A Christian Interpretation” (2014)

“Why I Am Not an Atheist” (2016)

“Indigenous People and the Christian Faith: A New Way Forward” (2017)

“Technology and Theology” (2018)

Appendix 5

CCSCF Director Research Assistant Position Expectations and Job Description (Feb 2018)
1    Dependable, punctual and able to meet pressure deadlines.
2    Must be IT fluent and able to manage, develop and adapt the CCSCF webpage.
3    Must manage annual conference including Event Brite and conference spreadsheets with reporting to Director.
4    Graphic Design and Photoshop capabilities (for poster and advertising development) is essential. Creativity is an asset.
5    Organizational skills for conference and able to do the associated labor eg lifting and moving boxes in a safe manner.
6    Must check their emails every weekday (Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri) by 5pm, and if unable to quickly meet the task, at least acknowledge receipt of the communication.
7    Hours
7.1 Average of 5 hours per week
7.2 NB Flexibility on hours are needed
7.2.1    Some weeks less hours are worked
7.2.2    Near conference time, more hours worked
7.3 2018 Conference Coverage
7.3.1    Friday 04th May 2018 from noon until 10pm
7.3.2    Saturday 05th May 2018 from 7.30am until 8.30pm
8    Property Rights: All products such as posters and advertising remain the sole property of CCSCF and must be produced and delivered to the Director in editable form eg Photoshop and not PDF alone.
9    Must manage CCSCF Facebook and Twitter
10  Research as needed.
11  Must manage all mailing lists (postal and electronic) and disseminate advertising to relevant people and institutions.
12  Must reset CCSCF webpage for 2019 conference including Event Brite and Facebook by 10th May 2018.
13  Report       Dr Bill Anderson, Director of the CCSCF
14  Term          22 February-31 May 2018 (14 weeks)
15  Hours        Average of 5 hours per week
16  Wage         $20.00 per hour X 4 weeks per month ($400/month)
17  Total          $1400.00
18  Payment    Monthly by automatic deposit over 14 weeks (22 February-31 May 2018)
19  Property Rights: All products such as posters and advertising remain the sole property of CCSCF and must be produced and delivered to the Director in editable form eg Photoshop and not PDF alone
20  Renewable for 2019 upon satisfactory performance.