Inaugural Faith & Culture Forum to Focus on Christian Perspectives on War and Peace


The School of Ministry at Palm Beach Atlantic University will hold a premiere event, the Faith & Culture Forum, on Thursday, February 7, 2019. The day-long event will showcase perspectives on important cultural issues within the Christian community. In 2019, the Forum will involve top scholars leading conversations concerning just war, pacifism and active peacemaking.

The event is free and open to the public, though online registration is requested. Call the School of Ministry at (561) 803-2543 for more information.

Among the invited scholars expected to attend are:

 Nigel Biggar, the Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford, where he directs the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life. He holds a B.A. in modern history from Oxford University; a master’s degree in Christian studies from Regent College, Vancouver; and a Ph.D. in Christian theology & ethics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Hastening that Waits: Karl Barth’s Ethics (1993), Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict (2003), Behaving in Public: How to do Christian Ethics (2011), and In Defence of War (2013). He has written on the possibility of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland in the Irish Times, on the Iraq war in the Financial Times, and on the U.K.’s military action against ‘Islamic State’ in Syria in The [London] Times. He has lectured at the U.K. Defence Academy, Shrivenham; the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, Hamburg; the U.S. Military Academy, West Point; and the National Defense University, Washington, DC. 

Janna L. Hunter-Bowman, the director and assistant professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. She graduated from Notre Dame with a Ph.D. in theology and peace studies. Hunter-Bowman brings experience as a peace and justice worker in a variety of settings to her academic study and teaching roles. She has worked with Witness for Peace in organization and advocacy and with Mennonite Central Committee and Justapaz in Colombia in the areas of documentation, education and advocacy.

J. Daryl Charles, Ph.D., the 2018/19 Acton Institute Affiliated Scholar in Theology & Ethics. He also serves as a contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy and the journal Touchstone and is an affiliate scholar of the John Jay Institute. Charles is author, co-author, or co-editor of 17 books, including Virtue amidst Vice (Sheffield Academic Press, 1997), Between Pacifism and Jihad: Just War and Christian Tradition (InterVarsity Press, 2005), Retrieving the Natural Law (Eerdmans, 2008), (with Timothy J. Demy) War, Peace, and Christianity (Crossway, 2010), (with David D. Corey) The Just War Tradition: An Introduction (ISI Books, 2012), and most recently, Natural Law and Religious Freedom (Routledge, 2018). Forthcoming in 2019 are (with Mark David Hall) America and the Just War Tradition: A History of U.S. Conflicts (University of Notre Dame Press), (with Timothy J. Demy and Mark Larson) The Protestant Reformers on War, Peace, and Justice (Wipf & Stock), and Wisdom’s Work: Essays on Ethics, Vocation, and Christian Cultural Engagement (Acton Institute/Christian Library Press). He is also the translator (German to English) of Claus Westermann’s Roots of Wisdom (Westminster John Knox Press, 1995). Charles taught at Taylor University and Union University, and was a 2013/14 visiting professor in the honors program at Berry College. He has served as director and senior fellow of the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought and Practice, as the 2007/8 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at the James Madison Program, Princeton University, and as the 2003/4 visiting fellow of the Institute for Faith and Learning, Baylor University. Charles’ research interests include faith and public life, the ethics of war and peace, bioethics, the natural law and criminal justice ethics. Before entering the university classroom full-time he did public-policy work in criminal justice in Washington, D.C.

Myles Werntz, associate professor of Christian ethics and practical theology at Logsdon Seminary, at Hardin-Simmons University, where he holds the T.B. Maston Chair in Christian Ethics. He is the author of Bodies of Peace: Ecclesiology, Nonviolence, and Witness, and the editor of four other volumes in theology and ethics. He currently is writing an introduction to Christian nonviolence for Baker Academic.