The Intersect Project primarily aims to take the conversation about faith, culture, work and economics to the pulpit and the pew. But some of its initiatives aim to move the conversation forward in the academy.
In 2016, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Intersect Project Ph.D. Student Challenge Symposium provided a forum for 10 Ph.D. students from around the country to present and discuss research proposals on the intersection of faith, work and economics. These students competed for three cash prizes as they interacted with the four major themes of the Oikonomia Network Economic Wisdom project.
One of the papers that came out of that symposium was recently published in an academic journal. Andrew J. Spencer’s paper, “Dorothy L. Sayers as a Cautious Transformationalist,” was published in the Evangelical Review of Theology and Politics, an interdisciplinary journal for the Christian analysis of social and political issues.
Here’s an excerpt of Spencer’s journal article:
This essay presents the case that Sayers was a cautious transformationalist. She believed that Christianity could permeate and redeem every form of art and every institution to improve it and make it more consistent with God’s creational design. In a period of growing cultural marginalization, Sayers’ example presents a way for Christians to point people toward a robust understanding of human flourishing.
Spencer, who is Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Oklahoma Baptist University, received his Ph.D. in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Seminary. Spencer is also a regular contributor to the Intersect Project blog.