ICSA VI Congress
ICSA VII Congress
JIS: Next 25 Years
Christian Studies Association was founded by Christian scholars led by Dr.
Oskar Gruenwald, author of The Yugoslav Search for Man,
and David Morsey, a Bible scholar and President of Harvester Mission, in 1983--the USA Year of the
Bible--as a worldwide witness to Jesus Christ as Savior of the world.
ICSA's particular medium of witness is
scholarship across geographical, disciplinary, and denominational boundaries, seeking to
expand our understanding of God, man, and the universe to the greater glory of God and the
dignity of man. In his encyclical, Fides et Ratio, Pope John Paul II recalls
that: "Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the
contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the
truth--in a word, to know himself--so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may
also come to the fullness of truth about themselves" (1998: 7).
In its purposes and goals, ICSA dovetails with IIR, reflecting the
joint mission of fides et ratio, conjoining faith and reason, or as St.
Anselm put it, "fides quaerens intellectum" ("faith in search of
understanding"). ICSA and IIR aspire to help scholars, students, and the public
integrate knowledge with ethics and faith, and thus develop a greater appreciation for the
wonder, beauty, and unity of God's Creation.
ICSA co-sponsors with IIR:
JIS seeks to recover the lost
unity of Renaissance learning, while affirming transcendental values and faith, thus
promoting dialogue across geographical, disciplinary, and denominational boundaries.
JIS offers a much-needed forum for exploration and a publishing outlet for
innovative scholarship, building bridges across the disciplines--a key to 21st-century
literacy and curricular development. JIS provides constructive mentoring and peer-review,
encouraging interdisciplinary, faith-informed, and in particular Christian scholarship at
the cutting edge of knowledge, ethics and faith. Nominated to Delta Tau Kappa, the
International Social Science Honor Society, 1991. In 1994,
selected for indexing and abstracting in H. W. Wilson's Social Sciences Index
and Abstracts (CD-ROM). Five essays published in
JIS won Templeton Awards for best published papers on science and
religion. JIS is listed as an ethics resource in
the Bureau of National Affairs' Codes of Professional Responsibility.
JIS as a resource especially in
Honors Programs, Liberal Studies, Religious
Ethics, Science-Theology Dialogue, Russia and Eastern Europe, etc.
See also: Sponsors Welcome.
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