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2006 ISSRC Conference

"Reformed Communities
in an Era of Growing Globalization and Pluralism"
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
July 9-12, 2006

Three different trends are shaping and affecting the ways in which Reformed communities minister within their different social contexts as well as interrelate with each other: namely, the shifting demographics of Christianity and Reformed communities from the First World to the Third World; increasing globalization; and, at least in some contexts, increasing cultural pluralism within the social setting. Each trend offers different opportunities and challenges for the health and vitality of Reformed Christian communities.

The 2006 Conference of the ISSRC welcomed paper proposals that addressed either: one (or more) of such trends and the opportunities and challenges it (they) hold for Reformed communities; or, studies that addressed how particular Reformed congregations or communities may have sought to respond to any one of these trends confronting their community. Proposed papers were not required to adopt a particular approach or methodology nor reflect a particular field of study. Papers were allowed to be historical or more contemporary analyses of Reformed communities; primarily analytical and abstract in nature, or more empirical studies of particular communities; “theoretical” in nature, or more “practical” in terms of emphasis.

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A Historical Reflection Concerning the Dutch Model of the Separation of Church and State and the Role the Christian Traditions Played
George Harinck, Director, Historical Documentation Center, Vrije Universiteit (Netherlands)

The Philosophy and Censorship Activities of the New England Society for the Suppression of Vice: Defining the Terms of Protestant Toleration during the First Stage of Religious Pluralism in America ”
Paul Kemeny, Religious Studies, Grove City College (U.S.A.)

“Presbyterianism and Globalization in Historical Perspective”
D.G. Hart, Director of the American University and the Principles of Liberty Program, Intercollegiate Studies Institute

“Effects of Globalisation and Pluralism on Reformed Communities in the Peat Reclamation Area of North-East Holland , 1880-1940”
Gert van Klinken, Theology, Theologische Universiteit Kampen (Netherlands)

“Bonding, Bridging, and Believing: Social Capital of Dutch-American Reformed Communities”
Peter Ester, Department of Sociology, Tilburg University (Netherlands)

“How to Cope with Modernity? Conservative Calvinists of the Netherlands' Reformed Congregations in a Secular Society”
Christaan S.L. Janse, retired Chief Editor, Reformatorisch Dagblad (Netherlands)

“Religious Individualism, Religious Relativism, and Reformed Identity among Christian Reformed Church Members at the Turn of the Millennium”
Corwin Smidt, Department of Political Science, Calvin College (U.S.A.)
James Penning, Department of Political Science, Calvin College (U.S.A.)

“Maintaining Confessional Identity within Pluriform Reformed Churches: A Comparative Study”
Clifford B. Anderson, Curator of Reformed Research Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries (U.S.A.)

“Cultural Fragmentation and the Church: A Theological Assessment of the Recent Responses of the Church of Scotland”
Ian Maxwell, Kirk o' Field Church, Edinburgh (Scotland)

“The Participation of Immigrant Churches in Dutch Civil Society”
Marten van der Meulen, Danielle Koning, and H.C. Stoffels, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit (Netherlands)

“Reverse or Revised Mission: Indonesian and Moluccan Immigrant Churches in the Netherlands ”
M.M. Jansen, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit (Netherlands)

“Between Preference and Strategy: Reference Group Effects on the Political Behavvior of Religious Elites”
Brian Calfano, Department of Political Science, University of North Texas (U.S.A.)

“Containing Diversity: How the Report of the Theological Task Force on the Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church was Received by the Presbyterian Church ( U.S.A. )”
William (Beau) Weston, Department of Sociology, Centre College (U.S.A.)

“Presbyterians, Jews and Divestment: The Church Steps Back"
Ron Stockton, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan Dearborn (U.S.A.)

“The Relevance of Solidarity and Subsidiarity to Reformed Social and Political Thought”
Steve Monsma, Research Fellow, Henry Institute, Calvin College (U.S.A.)

“A Reformed Approach toward Popular Culture Critique”
Kuk-Won Shin, Chongshin University (Seoul , Korea)

“Reforming a Reformed Theology: Toward a Global Vision for the Twenty-first Century”
Phil Holtrop, Calvin College emeritus (U.S.A.)

(Papers listed in order of presentation at conference)

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