To Think Christianly: Virtual Book Launch

Charlie Cotherman May 28, 2020

Charlie Cotherman’s new book recounts the history of the Christian study center movement and charts its future. About this Event To Think Christianly: A History of L’Abri, Regent College, and the Christian Study Center Movement tells the story of a 50-year-old movement that has influenced generations of scholars and students in the United States and across the globe. In the late 1960s, when a new generation of evangelicals came of age in the midst of unprecedented cultural upheaval and educational opportunities, visionary leaders helped create a new type of institution: the Christian study center. With roots in Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri community and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Christian study centers are now ensconced at dozens of major research universities across the United States. There are nearly thirty affiliated study centers, each reflecting their unique milieus and endeavoring to inspire Christians to study, engage, and pray for culture more faithfully—in the words of Regent College’s founder James M. Houston, “to think Christianly.” Historian Charlie Cotherman has spent the better part of a decade researching the genesis of the Christian study centers and their distinctive contributions. In this virtual book launch, he will shed light on this compelling history and the movement’s bright future, as well as discuss the process of researching and writing his book (available April 28) with InterVarsity Press’s academic editorial director, Jon Boyd. Thank you to our co-sponsors: Arizona Center for Christian Studies Chesterton House Christian Study Center of Gainesville Consortium of Christian Study Centers Emerging Scholars Network InterVarsity Press L’Abri International North Carolina Study Center Regent College About the Author Charles E. Cotherman is pastor and planter of Oil City Vineyard Church in Oil City, Pennsylvania. He is the administrative director of the Project on Rural Ministry at Grove City College and has taught church history at Fuller Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia and his new book is To Think Christianly: A History of L’Abri, Regent College, and the Christian Study Center Movement (InterVarsity Press, 2020).