The Arizona Center for Christian Studies (ACCS) is a scholarly organization that explores a faith perspective on academic studies, seeking an intelligent dialogue with all academic disciplines. It is intended to benefit all Arizona universities and the larger community as well. ACCS seeks to integrate faith and learning through lectures, classes, conferences, discussion groups, research projects, publications, web sites, residential learning communities, and other academic initiatives. It is affiliated with local, national, and international organizations similarly committed to Christian scholarship and purpose, such as the Consortium for Christian Study Centers (studycentersonline.org).
Historical Perspective: Over the centuries Christian believers have made masterful contributions in every area of study and endeavor, from philosophy to physics, and from literature to law — Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, Erasmus, Michelangelo, Luther, Calvin, Galileo, Donne, Grotius, Herbert, Rembrandt, Milton, Pascal, Newton, Leibniz, Bach, Edwards, Handel, Webster, Wilberforce, Faraday, Truth, Kierkegaard, Nightingale, Dostoyevsky, Mendel, Tolstoy, Maxwell, Carver, Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, Lemaître, Lewis, Endô, and King are among the notables, ancient and modern. Therefore, ACCS takes all disciplines as its purview: science, mathematics, engineering and technology; humanities and liberal arts; languages and literatures; architecture and design; art, dance, theatre, film and music; political and social sciences; historical, philosophical, and religious studies; theology and biblical studies; gender and ethnic studies; business and non-profit administration; communication, media studies and journalism; community development and social work; education; justice studies and law; medicine, nursing, and psychology; and environmental and sustainability studies. We believe that “all truth is God’s truth,” and that believers must positively engage in every area of thought and life. It was for this very purpose most of the great universities and colleges of Europe and the Americas were founded.
Projects and Activities: ACCS will bring outstanding scholars to lecture or otherwise participate with the Center and with appropriate academic departments and institutions. For example, we hope to invite world-renowned scientist Dr. Francis Collins to speak on science and faith as well as interact with the ASU Biodesign Institute, UofA Medical School, and Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix. Dr. Collins is the Director of the National Institutes of Health and led the Human Genome Project. Author of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (2006) and The Language of Science and Faith (2011), he has presented in Veritas Forums at several leading campuses (http://www.veritas.org/Presenters.aspx?pid=10). Likewise, the Center will highlight the excellent work being done by scholars in universities and seminaries in Arizona, and seek to assist this work by developing a supportive fellowship of scholars.
- Arizona Christian Educators Association,
- Arizona Christian Foundation (www.arizonachristianfoundation.org),
- Arizona C.S. Lewis Society (www.azcslewissociety.org),
- Aslan Society at ASU and UofA (www.aslansociety.org),
- Canyon Institute for Advanced Studies (www.canyoninstitute.org),
- Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at ASU (http://csrc.asu.edu/),
- Christian Legal Society in Phoenix (www.clsnet.org),
- Community Ministries International (www.cmiaz.org),
- Council of Religious Advisors (CORA) at ASU (http://students.asu.edu/cora),
- Gatekeepers Watch (www.cmiaz.org),
- Graduate Christian Fellowship at ASU (http://gradfellowship.asu.edu/),
- Phoenix Institute (www.thephoenixinstitute.org),
- Visio Dei (www.visiodeicommunity.org).
Local affiliated institutions of higher learning:
- Arizona Christian University
- Fuller Seminary Southwest
- Golden Gate Seminary
- Grand Canyon University
- Christian faculty at Northern Arizona University
- Phoenix Seminary
- Christian faculty at University of Arizona
- Christian faculty at state-wide community colleges
National and International:
- BioLogos Foundation (www.biologos.org),
- C.S. Lewis Foundation (www.cslewis.org),
- Faculty Commons (www.facultycommons.com),
- Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/index.php),
- Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (www2.catholicscholars.org/),
- InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries (www.intervarsity.org/gfm/),
- International Institute for Christian Studies (www.iics.com),
- John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org),
- L’Abri Fellowship International (www.labri.org),
- La Fonderie (www.lafonderie.org),
- Lilly Endowment (www.lillyendowment.org),
- Orthodox Scholars’ Initiative (www.hchc.edu/hellenic/campus_life/vocation/osi/),
- Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (www.theocca.org),
- Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (www.rzim.org),
- Trinity Forum (www.ttf.org),
- Veritas Forum (www.veritas.org),
- Wilberforce Centre (www.htb.org.uk).
See also the listing at http://www.facultylinc.com/connect-with-others/meet-christian-colleagues/academic-ministries-and-christian-study-centers/. Other Christian academic and professional organizations with which the Center can connect are listed at http://www.intervarsity.org/gfm/resource/christian-professional-and-academic-societies.
Christian Study Centers at other universities:
- Consortium of Christian Study Centers (www.studycentersonline.org).
- Center for Christian Studies (Gordon College, Wenham, MA) www.gordon.edu/ccs.
- Institute for Faith and Learning (Baylor University, Waco, TX) www.baylor.edu/ifl.
- McKenzie Study Center (Gutenberg College, Eugene, OR) www.mckenziestudycenter.org.
- Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture (Regent’s Park College, Oxford, UK) www.rpc.ox.ac.uk.
- Center for Christian Study (University of Virginia, Charlottesville) www.studycenter.net.
- Chesterton House: A Center for Christian Studies (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) www.chestertonhouse.org.
- The Christian Studies Center (University of Kentucky, Lexington) www.thechristianstudiescenter.org.
- Christian Study Center of Gainesville (University of Florida, Gainesville) www.christianstudycenter.org.
- Dayspring Center for Christian Studies (University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and University of Northern Colorado, Greeley) www.dayspringcenter.org. In partnership with Rivendell College (www.rivendellcollege.org) in Boulder.
- The Eleazar Wheelock Society (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH) www.eleazarwheelock.org.
- Logos House Christian Study Center (Oregon State University, Corvallis) www.proaxis.com/~logos and http://logosstudies.wordpress.com.
- The MacLaurin Institute (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis) www.maclaurin.org.
- Richmond Center for Christian Study (University of Richmond, VA) www.richmondstudycenter.org.
- Rivendell Institute for Christian Thought & Learning (Yale University, New Haven, CT) www.rivendellinstitute.org.
Current Board Members of the Arizona Center for Christian Studies:
- Dale Furnish, J.D., Emeritus Professor of Law, Arizona State University, and Board member of Community Ministries International (email@example.com)
- William Gentrup, Ph.D., Associate Director Emeritus of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University, and Chairman of the Board, Community Ministries International (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Del Kehl, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of English Literature, Arizona State University, and Board member of Community Ministries International (email@example.com)
- Michael Mobley, Ph.D., Mobley Consulting (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Fred Perry, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Research and Assessment, American University, Cairo, Egypt (email@example.com)
- Ben Sanders, M.A., Campus Minister with Community Ministries International (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Donate: ACCS can receive tax-exempt donations via Community Ministries International (www.cmi-ministries.org). Make checks payable to “Community Ministries International” or “CMI,” designate for C3 on the memo line, and mail to CMI, POB 1245, Tempe, AZ 85280. To donate online via credit card or ACH transfer, go to www.cmi-ministries.org and click the “Give Now” button and follow the website instructions.
Contact: For more information about the Center, please contact Ben Sanders at (480) 242-2836 or email@example.com.
Statement of Faith: The Center affirms the historic, orthodox beliefs of the faith as summarized in the Apostles’ Creed, which is also the statement of faith of the national Consortium of Christian Study Centers (www.studycentersonline.org). ACCS upholds the common Christian beliefs that C.S. Lewis called “mere Christianity” and is therefore nonsectarian and nondenominational.