Christian Scholars’ Fund (CSF) exists to encourage and support groundbreaking, biblically saturated Christian scholarship on topics crucial to Christian life, presented in ways that are accessible and relevant to all Christians.
Recent years have seen an alarming drop in biblical and theological literacy among American Christians. Many churchgoers now understand Christianity as a kind of self-help program, a series of tips for enhancing their everyday lives. This cheapens the gospel, misrepresenting God’s purposes and raising false expectations. It promotes spiritual immaturity, leaving believers open to disillusionment and tempting them to abandon Christianity when difficulties befall them.
Christian Scholars’ Fund was formed to help Christians understand God’s true purposes through careful biblical study that seeks to deepen, strengthen, and stabilize the faith of Christ’s followers. The Fund promotes true Christian maturity nationally and internationally through its research, publications, and speaking engagements.
The Scholars Program
CSF’s ultimate mission is to feed our Lord’s sheep. Our Scholars Program helps professors and other scholars write groundbreaking, biblically saturated Christian scholarship on topics crucial to our daily Christian lives.
Believers who are not growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are just existing on milk and not thriving on solid food. Consequently, their faith remains shallow and unfulfilling, causing some to struggle, tempting others to abandon their faith, and keeping them all from living robust Christian lives. Our Scholars are committed to feeding our Lord’s sheep by producing biblical and theological resources that foster spiritual growth so that all may experience the full lives God intends for his children.
To accomplish this, scholars need to learn how to put their ideas into simple, everyday language. Writing clear, jargon-free prose isn’t easy. It requires long, hard hours of reflecting, perfecting, writing, and rewriting, not to mention the energy and sheer will to get up and repeat it day after day. The Scholars Program helps carefully vetted and approved scholars secure the time they need to produce good, solid, easily understood work. Most often, this will include CSF collaborating with colleges, universities, and churches to procure release time from teaching or preaching. The CSF Board of Directors actively coaches and offers feedback to their Scholars on the accessibility and relevance of their work.
Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, do you love me?” And Peter said, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Then Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep”
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 3:18)
Someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.
(Hebrews 5:13-14 NLT)
Dr. Mark Talbot
Mark R. Talbot, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College in Illinois, is our first Scholar. He has been a Thomas F. Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar, an Andrew Mellon Graduate Fellow in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Ph.D., and a recipient of The Leland Ryken Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities at Wheaton College. He is currently at work on a book about Christian suffering, entitled, When the Stars Disappear: Understanding and Coping with Our Suffering, which will be published by Crossway. Dr. Talbot is available to speak on this and other topics. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first four chapters of the upcoming book When the Stars Disappear: Understanding and Coping with our Suffering is available for download below.
A four-session audio series on the topic of When the Stars Disappear next two chapters is available below.
We Need Your Support
Helping scholars produce life-changing Christian scholarship is CSF’s goal. But securing the time to produce such meaningful work is expensive. The cost of funding a one-course reduction per semester in the teaching load for a professor at most institutions ranges from $35,000 to $55,000 a year. In order for our scholars to translate important scholarly insights into meaningful, easy-to-understand works, they need committed, forward-thinking, God-loving people to come alongside them.
Please consider joining the Christian Scholars’ Fund team and support some of today’s best thinkers and writers.