About Us

The Christian Scholars Network (CSN) is an interdisciplinary network of academics and scholars who research and teach at the University of Otago, New Zealand. The CSN currently includes academics from diverse fields such as management, computer science, anatomy, history, pharmacy, law, bioethics, theology, information science, surveying and geology.

The CSN was founded in 1999 by Rex Ahdar and Graham Elkin, two academics at the University of Otago, Dunedin. The leadership group has been joined more recently by Michelle Thompson-Fawcett and Greg Hughson. The CSN is intended to be a forum for Christian academics to meet, enjoy fellowship and discuss how the Christian faith intersects with and creatively infuses the academic life and scholarship.

The CSN has no specific articles of faith and its members represent a wide spectrum of Christian theological and doctrinal positions and confessions.

The CSN meets together, usually at lunchtimes, to discuss topical issues and research in progress. We have about eight such meetings annually. Lunchtime meetings alternate between a guest speaker and a time of fellowship and prayer. For our meetings featuring a speaker an Otago academic usually leads the discussion, though sometimes we are fortunate to host visiting scholars. Dr Brian Walsh from Toronto (co-author of The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian World View, IVP, 1984) was one such guest speaker in June 2001 similarly Dr John Patrick (Augustine College, Ottawa) and Professor Janel Curry (Calvin College) spoke to us in March and April 2007 respectively.