Initiative

Cambridge Scholars Network

 

What is the Cambridge Scholars Network?

The Cambridge Scholars Network (CSN) is a week-long, invitation-only seminar for young, evangelical PhD students. It occurs each July near Cambridge, England, and 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 text discussions, lectures, personal mentoring by senior academics, and fellowship with fellow scholars.

 

Why is the CSN Important?

It is crucial for the worldwide evangelical church to develop its next generation of intellectual leaders. Presently, evangelicals who are sent off for PhD 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 an 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.

 

Who is Speaking at the 2017 CSN?

Bruce Little will lead the 2017 Cambridge Scholars Network.

Bruce A Little has master’s degrees in Apologetics and Religion and a PhD 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 travelled 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.

 

Glynn Harrison is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Bristol, UK, where he was a practising consultant psychiatrist and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He preaches locally and speaks widely on issues of faith and psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry. He is especially focused on supporting men’s ministries and fostering the development of Christian leaders and pastors.

 

 

Dirk Jongkind is a Dutch biblical scholar who finished his PhD 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.

 

 
Daryl McCarthy serves as Vice President of Academic Programs and Strategy with Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL). He is also Director of the European Leadership Forum Academic Leaders 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 2010-2015 where they taught at Lithuania University of Educational Sciences Department of English Philology in Vilnius.  They have one son and one daughter who are both married and they have four grandchildren.
 

Rik Peels studied philosophy and theology at the Theological University Apeldoorn (the Netherlands), the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Notre Dame University (IN, USA), and Merton College at Oxford University (United Kingdom). He wrote his PhD dissertation on the ethics of belief. He has published on the limits of science, responsible belief, the cognitive consequences of sin and grace, and ignorance. Previously, he worked for IFES in the Netherlands and as the European Director for The Veritas Forum. He is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. For more, see www.rikpeels.nl.

 

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 PhD in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible. After his PhD, 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 in 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 and Where is the 2017 CSN?

The 2017 Cambridge Leaders Network is scheduled to take place from Sunday - Saturday, 2 - 8 July

Participants are asked to arrive in Cambridge, England, at 13.00 on Sunday, 2 July.  Light refreshments will be provided, and guided historical tours of Cambridge will begin at 13.30. Later in the afternoon, the group will depart for Moggerhanger Park, a lovely conference centre estate, located in Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire, England for the programme. 

On Saturday, 8 July, participants will  return to Cambridge.  Optional, additional opportunities to explore Cambridge will be provided at that time.

How much does the 2017 CSN Cost?

  Deadline    
Early Registration 1 February 2017 €390  
Regular Registration 1 May 2017 €490  
Late Registration 14 June 2017 €590  
Scholarship Rate*   €100

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

Payment is due three weeks from acceptance into the programme.

Please click here to see if you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom.

Please note that if you need a visa to attend, we need to receive your application no later than 15 March, 2017.

How Do I Apply?

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

Please note that the reference form for the pastor or spiritual mentor differs from the reference form for the professor or academic advisor, so please be sure that you send the correct link to the correct individual.

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