Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-08-12

Samford University's Beeson Divinity School will present a conference, "The Will to Believe and the Need for Creed: Evangelicals and the Nicene Creed," Sept. 28-30.

The program on the confessional and unifying purposes of the creeds of the Christian faith is designed for theologians, pastors and all Christians concerned with how to present faith in an age of increasing syncretism and radical pluralism.

Speakers include theologian Tom Oden, professor of theology and ethics at Drew University and director of the Center for Early African Christianity; Episcopal Church of Rwanda bishop John Rucyahana, whose ministry is noted for effective servant leadership in the midst of great challenges; and Beeson Divinity Dean Timothy George, noted author and specialist in church history and doctrine.

Other speakers include guest theologians David P. Nelson, Elizabeth Newman, Matt Pinson and Curtis Freeman, and Beeson faculty members Frank Thielman, Mark Gignilliat, Carl Beckwith, Steven Harmon and Mark Devine.

Registration fee of $95 includes all sessions and two meals. The program begins Monday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m., and ends Wednesday, Sept. 30, at noon.

For information and reservations, contact Beeson Divinity School at (205) 726-2731 or 800-888-8266 or go to

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.