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Conference: “The evolutions of Christian Science in scholarly perspective”

April 23-24, 2015
Antwerp, Belgium

Organized by: The European Observatory of Religion and Secularism (Laïcité) in partnership with Faculty of Comparative Studies of Religions, CESNUR and CLIMAS (Bordeaux)

Venue:  Faculty of Comparative Studies of Religions (FVG). Wilrijk (Antwerpen) Belgium

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Thursday April 23, 2015

  • 9h -10 h Registration
  • 10h 30: Pr. Chris Vonck. Rector of the Faculty: Welcome speech.
  • 11h. Keynote speaker: Gordon Melton, Baylor University: “Placing Eddy in the Historical Flow: The Role of the Key to the Scriptures”
  • 11h 30: Régis Dericquebourg, Université de Lille, CNR “Christian Science: the first healing Church.”
  • 13h 30. Shirley Paulson, University of Birmingham   “Christian Science and its Christian origin”
  • 14h. Nawal Issaoui, Université Bordeaux Montaigne: “Christian Science’s faith healing practice in the United States and Canada: an overview from a historical and legal perspective.”
  • 14h 30. Robert Harragin, Claremont Fan Court School, UK: “The Impact of Christian Science on Political Women in the early 20th Century in UK.”
  • 15 h. Timothy Rider:  “How does Christian Science Relate to Orthodox Theology?”
  • 15h 30. Donald Westbrook, Claremont Graduate University (USA): “Christian Science and Scientology: Ecclesiologies”
  • 16 h. Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Université Bordeaux Montaigne :  “The penetration of Mary Baker Eddy’s doctrines in Canada”

Friday April 24. 2015

  • 9h 30   Guy Bucumi: “La théologie de la prospérité chez les évangéliques et la Science chrétienne”
  • 10h. Sally Lessiter, Oxford Brookes University: “Architecture of the Church of the Christian Science.”
  • 10h 30. Massimo Introvigne, CESNUR: “The Christian Scientist as Artist: From Violet Oakley to Joseph Cornell”
  • 11h Concluding discussion