WHO WE ARE
The Center For Christian Thought exists to cultivate a thoughtful exploration of the Christian faith among the UNC-W community.
Focusing on students, faculty, staff and alumni, the Center seeks to explore how faith, learning, and calling relate to one another in advancing the common good for all. Believing that the Christian intellectual tradition can contribute a vibrant voice to the academic life of a public university, the Center For Christian Thought offers opportunities to:
engage students and faculty in the rich intellectual traditions of the Christian faith – connecting it meaningfully to their studies, work and lives;
encourage and support Christian faculty and students in their academic pursuits and their current and future vocations; and
promote the pursuit of knowledge and truth on the important questions of life in an environment of open and civil academic dialogue.
We affirm the central truths of the historic, orthodox Christian faith, as expressed in the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed and more recently, the Lausanne Covenant. We view the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to be the foundational truth which shapes our commitment to engaging the world and contributing to the renewal of all creation. We believe the Bible is God’s revelation to humankind, which helps us understand what it means to be fully human and live in genuine community.
We are committed to engaging in respectful conversation and dialog with those from a variety of backgrounds, beliefs and commitments, while holding, with proper and humble confidence, to our own core beliefs. We recognize that the common pursuit of knowledge and truth requires a willingness to listen to those with whom we differ and speak with conviction about those beliefs and values we hold most dear, all with a common generosity of spirit and heartfelt display of Christ-like love.
The world today is hungering deeply for respectful discussion about issues of vital importance to public life, and universities stand in a strategic place to model a way forward. We seek to serve UNC-W by contributing to civil discourse and offering the Christian faith as a unique and valuable resource for academic inquiry, human flourishing and the common good.