Skip to content


The Politicization of Science, A Roundtable Session

When: June 8, 2022, 2:45 pm - Wednesday

Where: Ezell 363

Session 2

Session Abstract

Christians have been having theologically based disputes about science for centuries. It’s only been in the past 50 years or so that extreme polarization linked to science and faith has begun to emerge in the American political climate. This roundtable brings together experts to explore the politicization of science. What is the current link between science and politics? How did American culture get to this point? What are potential paths forward? Following prepared comments from each panelist, dialogic interaction will uncover heuristic grist and trajectories for further research and exploration in future peer review or generative sessions.


John Lewis and Amanda Ellis, Lipscomb University; Lubbock Christian University, Conveners

  • Candice Ortbals-Wiser, Abilene Christian University, Political Science
  • Lee Mayo, Lipscomb University, Philosophy
  • Pedro Garcia, Ask and Wonder, Independent Scholar
  • Amanda Nichols, Oklahoma Christian University, Chemistry and Physical Science
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Nature Conservancy,

2024 information coming soon!

1 / 5

James Cone with conferee at the CSC in 2017

2 / 5

Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson delivering the CSC plenary address

3 / 5

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), delivering the CSC plenary address.

4 / 5

US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivering the CSC plenary address

5 / 5

David Brooks engaging conferees during breakfast at the CSC

Mark Your Calendar

September 5, 2023

Mark your calendar for the 2024 Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars Conference June 5-7, 2024 Hosted by the Lanier Theological Library and...

CSC Reflections and Pictures

June 30, 2023

The 42nd annual CSC is now in the books. The gorgeous Lanier Theological Library and Learning Center was matched by the warm and kind hospit...

CSC Registration Now Closed

May 12, 2023

We have now reached capacity and must close registration for the 2023 CSC. Given that we are one month from “opening day,” I’m pained ...

Site Designed and Developed by 5by5 - A Change Agency