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Christian Evasion of Popular Culture Conference at Dordt Nov. 1-3

October 22, 2012

Christians are surrounded by and take part in popular culture. Yet the Christian community tends to respond either by ignoring popular culture or by critiquing it moralistically rather than reflecting on the way it exists within the culture.

The Christian Evasion of Popular Culture conference at Dordt College will explore the tendency of Christians to evade popular culture. The conference will be held November 1 to 3 on Dordt’s campus.

The public is invited to attend the free keynote addresses given by Peter Rollins and Tony Jones. Rollins will give the conference’s opening presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, November. 1. Rollins is a lecturer, storyteller, and author of How (Not) to Speak of God. Jones, theologian and adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, will present “Culture: I Don’t Think that Word Means What You Think It Means” on Friday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m. Both presentations will be in the Science and Technology Center room S101.

Other events during the weekend include a presentation by Elaine Storkey, sociologist, feminist evangelical, and senior research fellow at Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University. Storkey will speak on “A Crucial Calling: Creative Christianity in Popular Culture” at 10 a.m. on Friday. Pre-registration at is required for attendance to this presentation.

Other sessions include more than 30 papers from presenters from all over the country and also require pre-registration. Papers range from “Art, Architecture, and Education” to “Sub-Cultures of Media” and from “Is There a Christian Perspective on Athletics?” to “The Hunger Games as an Apocalyptic Fiction.”

Kindlewood, a self-described “dream folk-rock” band from Washington, D.C., will perform a free concert at the 55th Avenue Café in the Kuyper Apartments at 9:30 p.m. Friday, November 2. The band also will participate with the non-profit organization Culture is Not Optional in a conversation on Saturday at 10 a.m. 

In addition to the conference, a youth ministry workshop will be held on Thursday, November 1, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Andrew Root, author and associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, who will discuss Youth Ministry and Identity in a Digital Age.

The conference is sponsored by the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service. To register for the conference, please visit

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