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Cambridge Scholars Network (Online)

Why is the CSN Important?

It is crucial for the worldwide evangelical church to develop its next generation of intellectual leaders. Presently, evangelicals who undertake Ph.D. studies and scholarly careers at leading universities are given a "fatherly push" into deep water where they are left alone to sink or swim.  Sadly, many struggle to stay afloat as they experience intense sociological pressure to give up or compromise their basic convictions.

Bruce Winter, former Warden of Tyndale House, writes:

"A doctoral programme can greatly increase the knowledge of the next generation of scholars, but it is possible for this process to be accompanied by a spiritual regression akin to a frog turning into a tadpole, with all head and no heart for the Lord and His kingdom."

In order to prevent this metamorphosis, it is necessary to provide young, evangelical scholars with mentorship, encouragement, and the fellowship of like-minded peers. The Cambridge Scholars Network attempts to do just this.

What is the Cambridge Scholars Network?

The Cambridge Scholars Network (CSN) is a three-day event, three and a half hours a day, for evangelical Ph.D. students. The seminar is designed to encourage participants to consider their disciplines and calling from a biblical standpoint. To this end, the CSN seeks to help young scholars:
  1. Establish a spiritual context for academic study
  2. Develop the critical thinking skills necessary for successful academic work
  3. Think through various apologetics issues

The CSN programme includes lectures, personal mentoring by senior academics, and fellowship with fellow scholars. 

Who is Speaking at the 2021 CSN Online?

Daryl McCarthy will lead the 2021 Cambridge Scholars Network Online.

Daryl McCarthy, CSN Director, serves as Vice President of Academic Programs and Strategy with Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL). He is also Director of the European Leadership Forum's Academic Network, which provides networking, training, and mentoring for evangelicals in higher education.  Daryl has traveled to more than 55 nations and has spoken at universities, conferences, and churches around the world. In 1988 he helped found Global Scholars (formerly International Institute for Christian Studies) and served as President until 2014.  Daryl earned a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Intercultural Studies, Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Theology from Kansas City College and Bible School. Daryl and his wife, Dr. Teri McCarthy, lived in Lithuania from 2010-2015, where they taught at Lithuania University of Educational Sciences in Vilnius.

Alexander Fink is Director of the Institute for Faith and Science (Institut für Glaube und Wissenschaft) in Marburg, Germany (www.iguw.de). He studied physics at the universities of Bayreuth and St. Andrews (UK) and received his Ph.D. at the Institute for Biophysics at the University of Regensburg. After having worked as an industrial product manager, he became director of SMD graduates' ministry (Akademiker-SMD, the German branch of IFES) until 2014. His passion is the dialogue of science, faith, and worldviews. Hence he founded the Kepler-Forum in Regensburg, co-organising the annual Regensburger Symposium (www.regensburger-symposium.de) at the University of Regensburg. Since 2008 he has been a member of the ELF Steering Committee and has co-led the Scientists Network. Together with his wife, Alexander enjoys raising his two children.

Glynn Harrison was formerly Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry, at a university in the UK, where he was also a practicing consultant psychiatrist. Now, as an author and speaker, he is interested in issues at the interface between biblically-based faith and psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry, as well as wider issues of culture and Christian worldview. His most recent book A Better Story: God, Sex, and Human Flourishing turns a critical eye to the sexual revolution.

 

Daniel Hill studied Classics at the University of Oxford and did his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of London. Since 2000, he has taught philosophy at the University of Liverpool and is a Senior Lecturer. He has written three books, including Divinity and Maximal Greatness, and is currently working on a project on the ethics of entrapment. He helps coordinate the Staff Christian Fellowship at the University of Liverpool and is an active member of a local church.

 

Dirk Jongkind is a Dutch biblical scholar who finished his Ph.D. at Cambridge University. His main scholarly interest is in the Greek text of the Bible and the Graeco-Roman backdrop of Acts and the letters. Currently, he is the Research Fellow in New Testament Text and Language at Tyndale House, Deputy Senior Tutor at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and affiliated lecturer at Cambridge University. He has done much work on Greek manuscripts and other remains from the ancient world.

 

Bruce A Little has master’s degrees in Apologetics and in Religion and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and a DMin in Apologetics. Presently, he serves as Senior Professor of Philosophy and director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Collection at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has been on faculty since 2001. Since 1995, he has traveled widely in Europe and Asia, lecturing in universities, teaching in a variety of schools, and presenting papers at conferences. He has published in various professional journals, edited several books, either authored or co-authored six books, and contributed chapters in several books, the last being God and Evil published by InterVarsity Press, 2013.

 

Charles White is a Professor of Christian Thought and History at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, USA.  Harvard, Cambridge, and Boston universities have contributed to his education.  In the 1970s he was a minister to students at Boston’s Park Street Church.  He has written two books and a score of academic articles.  Bible translation is one of his passions, and he has worked on twenty-five of the twenty-seven New Testament books in seven different languages.  He has taught environmentalists in Michigan, physicians in Mexico, pastors in Canada, university students in England, Bible college students in Australia, Muslims in Nigeria, evangelists in India, missionaries in the Philippines, and Rwanda, church planters in Iraq, ministers in Jordan, and disciplers in Ethiopia.  He is the father of four grown children and has run more than 86,000 kilometers since he turned 40.

Peter (P.J.) Williams is the Principal and CEO of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he received his MA, MPhil, and Ph.D. in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible. After his Ph.D., he was on staff in the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University (1997–1998), and thereafter taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Cambridge University as Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic and as Research Fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge (1998–2003). From 2003 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he became a Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Deputy Head of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy. Since 2007 he has been leading Tyndale House, and he is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee of the English Standard Version of the Bible. Most recently he has been assisting Dr. Dirk Jongkind in Tyndale House’s production of a major edition of the Greek New Testament.

When is the 2021 CSN Online?

The 2021 Cambridge Scholars Network Online is scheduled to take place from Wednesday to Friday, 14 - 16 July at 15:00-18:30 CEST each day

 

How much does the 2021 CSN Online cost?

Regular Registration - €50

Scholarship Rate* - €25

*A limited number of partial bursaries/scholarships are available to those who need them.

Payment is due one month after acceptance into the programme.

Commitments

The Cambridge Scholars Network seeks to encourage evangelical Ph.D. students to consider their disciplines and calling from a biblical standpoint. To this end, we require participants to do each of the following before the conference:

Read a selection of pre-assigned materials. We will provide a reading list, along with electronic copies of all articles/chapters.

Submit an original academic work (a paper, chapter, or article you have written) for a personal one-on-one review with a CSN mentor during the CSN Online. This paper must be written in or translated into English.

Hear what graduates are saying about the Cambridge Scholars Network

“I was encouraged to witness Christ more within academic circles. It made me optimistic about influencing the world through my presence in the academic world. I feel that the greatest challenge of my CSN experience is to reflect the Christian worldview through my written work, as well as through my conducting classes with the students in Emanuel University of Oradea.”
   Emanuel Balaceanu, Romania
 
 
 
“Participating in CSN was a unique opportunity for me to learn from distinguished Christian scholars. Both the topics and the lecturers were chosen carefully and with the regard to the needs of Christian PhD students and academics, especially for those who are pursuing careers at secular universities... I’m feeling privileged and blessed to be a part of this year’s CSN program.”
   Ana Milosevic, Serbia
 
 
 
 
I have profited immensely from CSN. It has helped me to see my role in the kingdom as a scholar, to be aware of pitfalls in academia to look out for and also how to have an impact on academia as a Christian. I am greatly thankful that I had the opportunity to attend CSN.
   Johanna Gundel, Switzerland
 
 
 

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in participating in this year's Cambridge Scholars Network Online, please:
 
  1. Fill out the application form.
  2. Have a pastor or spiritual mentor who knows you well submit a pastoral reference on your behalf.
  3. Have a professor or academic advisor who knows you well submit an academic reference on your behalf.

Please note that the pastoral reference form differs from the academic reference form, so please be sure that you send the correct link.

If you have any questions, please contact us at initiatives@euroleadership.org.