Call for Abstracts

9th Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization

Destroyer of the Gods: Christianity vs. the Idols of Secularism
March 20-21, 2020

A Crucifix stands on a pedestal with a broken statue beneath it

The 2nd century early Christian document known as the Letter to Diognetus, famously identified several distinguishing features of the early Christian community. These distinct features allowed the first Christians to be “in the world but not of the world.” Inspired by the example of the first Christians who sought to live out their unique identity in Christ within a non-Christian world, the 9th Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization invites paper and presentation proposals that reflect on the variety of ways in which Christians relate to the “idols” of contemporary secular culture. There is a broad range of possible “idols” that demand sacrifice today. On the one hand there are personal gods such as health, wealth, and pleasure. On the other hand, we are presented with a variety socio-political ideologies and ‘isms’ that have a corrosive effect on Christian life. We invite scholars and professionals from any field to join us for a discussion about the false gods of the contemporary world and how to best relate to them in order to further the mission of the Church to bring the Gospel to all nations.

Abstracts: Proposals should be sent in the form of a 150-200 word abstract. Submissions should be turned in online by December 1, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be given by December 15, 2019.

Presentation Details: Presentations will be 20 minutes in length with 2-3 presenters per session.

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