Christian Scholars Directory: Associations and Societies

by Anna Blanch on August 11, 2009

The Christian Scholars Directory endeavours to include Christian sociologists, historians, economists, literary critics, and other scholars it seems apparent is a Christian Scholar. You can read the background of the directory in this Introductory Post which also provides an index to all the posts separated into alphabetical segments. I’m open to comments and suggestions, especially for additional blogs and sites.

This section includes Associations and Societies for Christian Scholars.

**Note this section is not yet as well-developed as the others and I need your assistance to flesh it out!** Send suggestions to

American Academy of Religion

Founded in 1909, the AAR is the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion. Membership is open to all those with a professional or scholarly interest in religion, theology, or cognate fields. The 11,000 members are largely faculty and graduate students at colleges, universities, and divinity schools in North America, with a growing percentage located at institutions of higher education in Asia, Africa, and Europe. The Academy provides a major publishing program, grants and awards, professional services, an annual North American meeting and ten regional meetings.

Founded in 1974, the Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) is an organization of professional scholars devoted to pursuing philosophical excellence in both the church and the academy.

The EPS holds a national meeting each year in conjunction with the conference held by the Evangelical Theological Society and the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature. The EPS journal, Philosophia Christi, is a scholarly publication containing discussion of a variety of topics that are of interest to the philosopher and to the philosopher of religion.

The Evangelical Theological Society
Founded in 1949, the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) is a group of scholars, teachers, pastors, students, and others dedicated to the oral exchange and written expression of theological thought and research. The ETS is devoted to the inerrancy and inspiration of the Scriptures and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Society publishes a quarterly journal, the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS), an academic periodical featuring peer reviewed articles, as well as extended book reviews, in the biblical and theological disciplines.

Society of Christian Ethics

Officially founded in 1959, The Society of Christian Ethics has a current membership of about 1000 men and women drawn primarily from among ethics professors in universities, colleges and seminaries, but also including persons whose work involves social policy analysis and/or social policy responsibilities in other settings. Membership requirements emphasize academic credentials (usually requiring the doctorate) but do not set any conditions regarding a faith commitment or an ecclesiastical/religious identity. The Society has ever required a specifically Christian commitment as a condition for inclusion and there has been some significant attention to ethical thinking in other religious traditions.

Society of Christian Philosophers

The Society of Christian Philosophers was organized in 1978 to promote fellowship among Christian Philosophers and to stimulate study and discussion of issues which arise from their Christian and philosophical commitments. One of its chief aims is to go beyond the usual philosophy of religion sessions at the American Philosophical Association and to stimulate thinking about the nature and role of Christian commitment in philosophy. Past Presidents include C. Stephen Evans, Robert Audi, and Linda Zagzebski.
The Society is open to anyone interested in philosophy who considers himself or herself a Christian. Membership is not restricted to any particular “school” of philosophy or to any branch of Christianity, nor to professional philosophers. Meetings of the Society are regularly held in conjunction with the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Eastern, Central, and Pacific Divisions of the American Philosophical Association, and the Canadian Philosophical Association, and at the World Congress of Philosophy

The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.

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