September 26-28, 2013 - Montreal, QC, Canada

Christian Faith and the University: From the Reformation to W. Stanford Reid

A significant storyline in the history of Protestant Christianity has been its relationship to higher education. The Reformation began at the University of Wittenberg and drew heavily on the Humanist scholarship associated with the Renaissance, the study of texts and the return to the historical sources of Christian faith. Thus, from the beginning, Protestants have recognized the importance of "a disciplined intelligence", specialized research and scholarly writing. With this background in Europe, it is no accident that many of the universities in Canada began as Church institutions dedicated to training an educated clergy and, more generally, an educated leadership.

In the twentieth century, however, the traditional relationship between church and university, faith and reason, came under severe strain. Historian W. Stanford Reid (1913-1996) is a conspicuous Canadian example of one who tried to keep them together. Marking the 500-year history of Protestants in higher education and the 100th anniversary of this Canadian Protestant academic, this three day conference will survey the story of Christian faith in the University from the 16th to the 20th centuries. In both plenary addresses and shorter thematic presentations, this conference will examine the history of Protestant Christianity's presence in the University, especially in those streams that have influenced or found their way into Canada.

Christian Faith and the University


Sept. 26-28, 2013
Montreal, Qu├ębec, Canada