Our reading groups are free and open to everyone—students, faculty, and community members. Take a look through the group descriptions below and sign up. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss these books with you.
Read through the descriptions for our spring 2014 reading group selections, and register using the embedded form. Thank you for your interest—and please feel free to invite friends, pastors, and anyone else who might be interested!
Cunningham Lecture 2013
We're pleased to note that the nineteenth annual Cunningham Lecture is coming up soon! On Friday, November 1, Professor Vera Shevzov will deliver the lecture, on the topic of "Imperial Miracles: The Romanovs and Russia’s Icons of the Mother of God."
New Books, October 2013
We've received a number of books recently: David Gushee's The Sacredness of Human Life, Pope Benedict XVI's Anthropology and Culture, Richard Lints's Renewing the Evangelical Mission, Gilbert Meilaender's Should We Live Forever?, and D. A. Carson's The Intolerance of Tolerance.
Reading Groups Fall 2013
MacLaurinCSF Reading Groups are small discussion groups in which members read in conversation with each other. Groups form around a book or collection of essays/materials surrounding a specific topic. Please consider joining one of our fall discussions! Check out the offerings and if interested, please fill out our Reading Group Participant Form.
New MacLaurin Fellows Program Details
We are excited to invite interested juniors, seniors, and graduate and professional students to apply for a Colin MacLaurin Fellowship for the academic year 2013-2014. Christian students attending secular institutions of higher education such as the University of Minnesota receive little if any support either from the church or the university for working out the implications of their faith for their academic and public lives. MacLaurinCSF’s new Fellowship Program addresses this need with a seminar-style curricular introduction to the Christian faith and its remarkable resources for learning of all kinds. The MacLaurin Fellowship Program is competitive and includes a modest stipend. It has been designed to accompany and supplement the many degree programs of the University of Minnesota. (Students in any field may apply.)
Alvin Plantinga Book Review
Book Review of Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism, by Alvin Plantinga. Written by Dr. Bryan Dowd, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.
New Fellows Program: Starting Fall 2013
Starting this fall, MacLaurinCSF will offer a new Fellows Program, designed for undergraduate and graduate students. Our MacLaurin Student Fellows will gain an understanding of the problems posed by Western secularization, a working knowledge of the cultural and intellectual resources of the Christian faith for academia, practical experience wrestling through some of the current tensions in the faith and scholarship dialogue, and finally a call to (and a vision for) faithfulness in our public lives.