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Spring 2011

Theology and Truth, Faith and Certainty . . .

Bruce D. Marshall, "Truth and Trinity"What does it mean to make truth claims in theology? Is there such a thing as certainty about faith claims? Take advantage of two opportunities to explore these issues with Professor Bruce Marshall of Southern Methodist University on May 6 in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall:

Faculty Forum: "Trinity and Truth: Making Truth Claims in Theology"
Friday, May 6
Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Public Lecture: "Faith and Certainty"
Friday, May 6
Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Cosponsored by the Religion Department, Human Origins Seminar Series, and Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship.

"Every man" heard them speak in his own language

James Vanden BoschJames Vanden Bosch, Professor of English at Calvin College, will describe the influence of the King James Bible on True Grit, Gilead, The Road, and other contemporary American novels.

May 4, 2011
Commons Lecture Hall

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Cosponsored by Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, Hekman Library, H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin Seminary, Calvin College Departments of Congregational Ministries, English, History, and Religion.


Gordon CampbellGordon Campbell, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Leicester University, will lead a foray into the historical context of the King James Bible translation. Learn about the influence of William Tyndale, the "He" and "She" Bibles, and much more. Learn more about Gordon Campbell »

April 15, 2011
Calvin Seminary Auditorium

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Cosponsored by Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, Hekman Library, H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin Seminary, Calvin College Departments of Congregational Ministries, English, History, and Religion.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Michael KimmelPublic lecture with Dr. Michael Kimmel.

April 5, 2011
Commons Annex Lecture Hall

Cosponsored by Gender Studies, Residence Life, Sexual Assault Prevention Team, Sexuality Series, and the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship.



Winter 2011

Julie Yonker and Laura DeHaan pictureDoes Religion Matter for Adolescents and Emerging Adults?

Professors Laura DeHaan and Julie Yonker (Psychology)

Although religious belief is common among most American adolescents and emerging adults (individuals 18 to 25), studies examining effects of religious beliefs on this population are limited. We analyzed all identified empirical studies from 1990 to 2010 that focused on adolescents and emerging adults, in which religion, spirituality and/or faith (R/S) was an identified variable. Studies were examined in terms of how R/S was conceptualized and operationally definition. Our next step was to conduct a meta-analysis to examine the association between R/S and outcome measures of risk taking behavior, depression, well-being, self-esteem, and personality.    

February 25
SB 110

Cosponsored by Christian Perspectives in Science Seminars and the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship (CCCS).

Lecture Series:
"Thinking About and Responding to Climate Change"

Prof. Stephen GardinerJane Austen & Climate Policy in a Perfect Moral Storm

Prof. Stephen M. Gardiner
Department of Philosophy
University of Washington

Ethical action on climate change is made more difficult by global, intergenerational and theoretical challenges, and puts us at risk of moral corruption. Jane Austen can help us to understand the threat of this "perfect moral storm."

March 3
Science Building 010

Sponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship (CCCS), the Integrated Science Research Initiative (ISRI), and Calvin College. This lecture is free and open to the public.


Kristin Shrader-Frechette photoThe Best Science Money Can Buy:
How Fossil-fuel and Nuclear interests Manipulate
Climate-relevant Information

Prof. Kristin Shrader-Frechette
Departments of Philosophy and Biological Science
University of Notre Dame

Abstract of the talk:
Since at least 1995, peer-reviewed scientific journals have clearly established scientific consensusthat anthropogenic climate change is occurring. Many lay people have been misled, however, by fossil-fuelspecial interests who fund climate deniers. The same manipulation of scienceoccurs among those who argue that nuclear fission can address climate change.Carefully dissecting the relevant science, this talk shows (1) that scientific consensus has accepted anthropogenic climate change since at least 1995, (2) that nuclearfission is not a low-carbon-electricity source, (3) that it is not safe, asrevealed by Price-Anderson, and (4) that the nuclear industry "trims thedata" on atomic-energy costs.

Regarding costs, the talkshows that, if one corrects only 5 counterfactual assumptions, fission costs (excluding subsidies) can be shown to be 6 times higher than industryalleges. That is why the market will not provide nuclear loans, and why the industry requires taxpayers toprovide subsidies. The talk concludes by showing that good science, good economics, and good ethics allpoint in the same direction. Energy efficiency, conservation, wind, and solar photo-voltaic are ableto address climate change.

February 10
Science Building 110  

This talk is sponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship (CCCS), the Integrated Science Research Initiative (ISRI), and Christian Perspectives in Science Seminars. Everyone is welcome.

Fall 2010

Andrew Walls lecture at Calvin CollegeWorld Christianity in the Early Church

The CCCS invites the Calvin community to a public lecture by renowned historian of Christianity, Andrew F. Walls. To learn more about Andrew F. Walls click here.

November 5
Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Cosponsored by: The Nagel Institute for World Christianity, CCCS, Seminars@Calvin, Calvin Seminary, and the History Department at Calvin College


Spring 2010

Love and the Desert: Medieval Mystical Themes and Two Continental Philosophers of Religion

The CCCS invites the Calvin community to a public lecture by Robert Sweetman, H. Evan Runner Chair in the History of Philosophy and Acting President of the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Canada. Read more about Robert Sweetman »

April 29
Meeter Center Lecture Hall



Gender, Culture, and PhysicalityParadoxes and Taboos: Gender, Culture, and Physicality

The CCCS invites the Calvin community to a reception where Helen Sterk (CAS) and Annelies Knoppers will discuss their recently published book: Gender, Culture, and Physicality: Paradoxes and Taboos (Lexington Books, 2009).

March 16
Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Cosponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship and Gender Studies



John VanDuty or Delight? Labor and Prayer in the Middle Ages

The CCCS invites you to a presentation by John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History at Notre Dame University.

Professor Van Engen is a historian of religious and intellectual life during the European middle ages. Within those thousand years his work has focused especially upon three large areas: renewal during the twelfth century, “Christianization” in Medieval European history broadly, and religious movements in the later middle ages, especially the Devotio Moderna. His books and essays have dealt with monasticism, women’s writing, schools and universities, inquisition, canon law, notions of reform, and medieval religious culture generally. Beyond editing scholarly symposia, he is actively translating medieval texts from Latin and Middle Dutch, and has underway a large edition of core historical materials for the movement called the Devotio Moderna. Learn more about Professor John Van Engen »

Watch the video of Professor Van Engen's lecture
March 4
Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Cosponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, Medieval Studies, and the Calvin Center of Christian Worship


FALL 2009

Larry A. BraskampEnhancing a Global Perspective on Campus

Please join us for a presentation by Larry Braskamp, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Education at Loyola University Chicago and Senior Fellow at the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Larry will be speaking on "Enhancing a Global Perspective on Campus," drawing from his extensive work surveying American college and university students with the Global Perspectives Inventory.

November 9
3:30 PM
Commons Lecture Hall


Glittering VicesVices, Sins, Worship and Worldview Reception

Join Baker Publishing Group, The Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Seminars in Christian Scholarship, The Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, and The Calvin Campus Store for a reception in honor of Glittering Vices by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung and Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview and Cultural Formation by James K. A. Smith.

Thursday, October 29th
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Willow Room of the Prince Conference Center



Book Launch @ Schuler Books

The Emmaus Readers: More Listening for God in Contemporary Fiction

Emmaus Readers: More Listening for God in Contemporary FictionEdited by Susan M. Felch and Gary D. Schmidt
Paraclete Press, April 2009

Meet the Emmaus Readers—an eclectic multi-disciplinary group of book-lovers from Calvin College—who set out to find what is implicitly and explicitly spiritual in the fiction that frequents the bestsellers lists.

Date, Time, & Location

May 14, 2009
7:00 PM
Schuler Books & Music


John Calvin: Myth & Reality

The 2009 Calvin Studies Society Confernce, April 16-18, 2009

John Calvin Myth and RealityTo mark the Reformer John Calvin's 500th birthday, the Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, will host the 2009 Calvin Studies Society conference from Thursday, April 16 to Saturday, April 18, 2009. Join us for three days of stimulating presentations and discussions on topics that go from Calvin's attitude on a range of topics including images, women, and church discipline to Calvin's world-wide impact, including in early America, Southeast Asia, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea. This conference will bring together Calvin experts from around the world, and provides an outstanding opportunity for everyone from faculty and students at all levels to pastors and interested lay-people to join in the discussion on Calvin and his impact and reputation, both in the past and today.

Date and Location:

April 16-18, 2009
Calvin Theological Seminary
Grand Rapids, MI

Hosted by:

The Meeter Center for Calvin Studies

Cosponsored by:

The Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, Calvin Theological Seminary, and the Meeter Center for Calvin Studies

For more information contact:

The Meeter Center for Calvin Studies
Phone: 616-526-7081
Fax: 616-526-7687

Trouble on the Supreme Court:
Constitutional Interpretation and the Capabilities

Martha NussbaumThe CCCS Working Group--Cosmopolitanism in a World of Clashing Faiths--led by professors Ruth Groenhout (Philosophy) and Darren Walhof (Political Science, GVSU) bring The University of Chicago's Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, Martha Nussbaum to Grand Rapids for this special lecture on constitutional interpretation and the capabilities approach.

Recent article on the topic:
Martha Nussbaum, "Foreward: Constitutions and Capabilities: "Perception" Against Lofty Formalism." Harvard Law Review 121.4 (2007): 5-97.

To learn more about Martha Nussbaum visit her website at The Law School of The University of Chicago »

Date, Time, and Location:

April 3, 2009
4:00 PM
Grand Valley State University
215 L.V. Eberhard Center


FALL 2008

The Bible, Rocks and TimeThe Bible, Rocks and Time:
An Hour with Davis Young & Ralph Stearley

The CCCS invites you to celebrate with Davis Young and Ralph Stearley on the publication of their new book: The Bible, Rocks and Time (IVP Academic, 2008). Come hear a conversation with Susan Felch and the authors as they talk about the impact of this book in science classrooms among the general public.

Friday, November 14
3:30 PM
Science Building 010

Conversation--audio mp3
(Note: file size is 23.8MB)

"History of Geology at Calvin College"pdf
A lecture by Clarence Menninga, presented April 10, 2001

Cosponsored by: Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship and Calvin College's GEO Department.


Eaun Cameron1) Reformation Understandings of the Church Through History

Euan Cameron
Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation History
Union Theological Seminary

Dr. Cameron is the author of The European Reformation (Oxford, 1991); Waldenses: Rejections of Holy Church in Medieval Europe (Oxford, 2000); and Interpreting Christian History: The Challenge of the Churches’ Past (Oxford, 2005).

Wednesday, October 15
3:30 PM
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
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2) Anthony GraftonWriting the History of the Church in the Renaissance: Tradition and Innovation

Anthony Grafton
Henry Putnam University Professor of History
Princeton University

Anthony Grafton is one of the foremost authors and teachers of Renaissance cultural and intellectual history in the United States. His numerous books on Renaissance history and the history of scholarship include: What Was History?: The Art of History in Early Modern Europe; Christianity and the Transformation of the Book; The Footnote: A Curious History; Forgers and Critics: Creativity and Duplicity in Western Scholarship; and Bring Out Your Dead: The Past as Revelation.

Thursday, October 16
8:00 PM
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
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Lectures cosponsored by: Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, Calvin Seminary, and the departments of History, Classics, Religion, and English.



The Religious Heritage of Rights Talk
March 31, 2008

The CCCS, Service-Learning Center, and Sociology & Social Work Department hosted a symposium with two internationally-acclaimed scholars who have a very different story to tell about religion and human rights.

John Witte, Jr.John Witte, Jr.
Robitscher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, will discuss the roots and origins of a modern account of human rights in early modern Calvinism.


Nicholas WolterstorffNicholas Wolterstorff
Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology Emeritus at Yale, will dig back even further, arguing that modern intuitions about rights and justice are indebted to the Hebrew and Christian scriptures--and cannot be sustained by a wholly secular ethos.


2008 Spring Symposium -- Quicktime Movie »


Fall 2007

Assessing the Past, Facing the Future - the CRC at 150

September 13-17, 2007

The CCCS is cosponsoring this significant event in the CRC’s 150th anniversary celebration--a three-day conference at Calvin College. This denominational event will feature both plenary and break-out group presentations on various aspects of the historical heritage of the CRC and the challenges of the present and future of the denomination’s ministry. For more information »


Spring 2007

Jeff Sharlet Spoke at Calvin on April 11, 2007

Sharlet PosterFundamentalist History, Secular Myth, and the Media's God Problem

Sharlet offered the reflections of a journalist who's been exploring the spiritual geography of the nation in the post 9/11 era. Read Sharlet's abstract and bio »

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March 2007 - CCCS Hour

Thomas AquinasThe Good Life in Theory and Practice:
Aquinas’s Ethics and the Process of Co-Authoring a Manuscript

Speakers: Christina VanDyke and Rebecca DeYoung (philosophy)

At this CCCS Hour, Rebecca DeYoung and Christina VanDyke will share the vision that got their book project off the ground, and the practical realities of sending off the manuscript to the University of Notre Dame Press, where it is currently under consideration.

February 2007 - CCCS Hour: Book Reception

CRC RCA BookBook reception for: Divided by a Common Heritage: The Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America at the Beginning of the New Millennium (Eerdmans, 2006). Authors Corwin Smidt and James Penning of Calvin's Paul Henry Institute and Political Science Department, will discuss their extensive research to chart the current positions of both the CRC and RCA.

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February 2007 - ARIHE Lectures

Charles AdamsDr. Charles Adams, Dean of the Natural Sciences Division and Professor of Engineering at Dordt College in Sioux Center and the ARIHE (Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education) lecturer for 2006-2007, will give the following lectures:

  1. "Naturalism, Nanotechnology, and Our 'Post-human' Future: A Reformed Perspective."

  2. "Teaching 'Technical Courses' from a Christian Perspective: A Reformed Approach to Pedagogy."


Fall 2006

Fall 2006 - Slavoj Žižek at Calvin College

ZizekDubbed "the Elvis of cultural theory" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Žižek's current work interrogates the Christian tradition and argues that it is, in fact, worth saving. In keeping with this thematic, the title of Žižek's lecture for Calvin is "Why Only an Atheist Can Believe." While his lecture will certainly propose a reading of Christianity that is both decidedly non-western and non-orthodox, Žižek's perspective on Christianity as a intellectual from Eastern Europe and an atheist philosopher is sure to bring ideas that will be both provocative and stimulating for the Calvin College community. Streaming video is available in Real Audio format here.