Presidential Scholar Program to Expand in 2011
Renowned thinkers will be on campus this fall
NEW YORK, April 26, 2011—The King’s College is pleased to announce that it will expand the Presidential Scholars Program in the 2011-2012 academic year. Eight renowned philosophers, theologians, economists, and journalists will spend time at The King’s College delving into formational questions for our society, with an emphasis on defending the ideas of God, limited government, and free markets.
The first three of our eight presidential scholars for the upcoming year are:
Dr. Alvin Plantinga, Philosopher – Visiting King’s September 19 to 23, 2011
Dr. Plantinga is a world-renowned professor who has taught at a number of first-rate universities. He is credited for giving intellectual breathing room to religious belief. His writings and lectures focus on the philosophy of religion and Christian apologetics. Some of his most well-known books include Faith and Rationality: Theology (1991), Warranted Christian Belief (2000), Knowledge of God (Great Debates in Philosophy) (2008).
Dr. Wayne Grudem, Theologian – Visiting King’s October 24 to 28, 2011
Dr. Grudem is a heavy-weight in the world of Christian theology. He is Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. His books such as Bible Doctrine: Essential Teaching of the Christian Faith, Business for the Glory of God, and Politics – According to the Bible have been read by millions and have brought biblical doctrine to bear on every day issues.
Dr. Daniel Robinson, Philosopher – Visiting King’s November 7 to 11, 2011
Dr. Robinson is a member of the Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University, where he has taught since 1991. His works cover a wide range of disciplines, including the brain sciences, philosophy and history of science, moral philosophy, philosophy of law, and intellectual history. Author of more than eighteen books, Robinson’s works include Praise and Blame: Moral Realism and Its Applications (2002) and Consciousness and Mental Life (2008, Columbia University Press).
Presidential Scholars will address and answer questions such as: Has science refuted religion?; Does the existence of evil compromise God's benevolence or God's power?; Do the laws of science point to a Creator?; What is the relationship between evolution and morality?; Can we be good without God?
Presidential Scholars will actively engage these questions in the public square using The King’s College’s location in New York City as its foundation. Through broadcast, print, and public speaking, the Scholars will bring thoughtful answers to these important questions to academics and the general public.
“The Scholars,” President D’Souza said, “will both critique the assumptions of atheism and secularism and propose alternatives to these failed systems as they seek to defend God, limited government, and free markets.”
Additionally, Scholars will serve as mentors to the College’s students and faculty. An education at The King’s College is grounded in politics, philosophy, history, economics, and theology. These disciplines expose students to the ideas upon which nations rise and fall, and prepare them to be citizen leaders in such fields as government, media, business, and law. Moreover, they are prepared to defend political, economic, and spiritual freedom. These three freedoms advance liberty, prosperity, and salvation for the world while simultaneously rejecting oppression, poverty, and evil.
The Presidential Scholars will help to defend the three freedoms in the public square, while simultaneously raising the profile of The King’s College nationwide. A full list of the 2011-2012 scholars will be posted in the coming weeks.
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