Sat 1 - Sun 2 February 2020, Ship Street Conference Centre, Jesus College, Oxford

The first of the two annual conferences, Christianity and the Life of the Mind offers an introduction to the relationship between Christian doctrines and academic disciplines.


Along with talks, the day will include prayer, discussion sessions, morning coffee and tea, lunch, and afternoon coffee and tea.

*Please note eligibility criteria: This event is for University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes postgraduates, postdocs, and academic staff, or by request

We do not want the cost of the conference to prevent anyone from attending. Please contact us at if you would like to enquire about conference bursaries.


The conference talks will take place over Saturday from 9.00-5.30 and Sunday 9.00-12.30 concluding with a sandwich lunch.

Speaker List

Alister McGrath (Theology and Religion) - The discipleship of the mind: reflections on integrating faith and scholarship

Ard Louis (Theoretical Physics) - The calling of Christian postgrad students and academics 

Elaine Storkey (Philosophy and Sociology) - What does it mean to be human?

Katherine Blundell (Astrophysics) - The doctrine of creation and the science of nature

Michael Lloyd (Theology and Religion) - Looking to the future: Christian living and scholarship in light of the world to come

Sam Brewitt-Taylor (History) – Talk title to be announced

Panel discussion – speakers to be announced

Devotional speaker to be announced

Subject to availability: Dinners hosted in homes with academics across Oxford





Ship Street Conference Centre
Jesus College, University of Oxford
Ship St



The Developing a Christian Mind conferences are put on with the kind support of Hymns Ancient & Modern.