Christianity & Culture Conference

The Family: Past & Future

February 3-4, 2023 | Houston Christian University | Hinton Center

The inaugural Christianity and Culture Conference at Houston Christian University (formerly Houston Baptist University) seeks to highlight the importance of the Family in the Western Tradition by exploring the different representations, significations, and roles of the Family. The conference will provide a cross-disciplinary venue to consider the past and future importance of the Family, particularly from a Christian perspective, that is evident in literature, philosophy, history, science, art, and religion.


Proposals may include academic papers/presentations from a variety of liberal arts and social sciences, as well as creative presentations (e.g. artwork, poetry readings, etc.) that illustrate the importance of the Family. Proposals emphasizing cross-disciplinarity are particularly encouraged.

Topics for proposals may include:

  • Representations of the Family in literature and art
  • Changes to the notion of the Family over time
  • The Family and religious practice
  • Religious beliefs and Family values
  • Cultural and sociological changes to the Family
  • Philosophical issues related to the Family
  • Comparative studies of the Family

Proposals from graduate and undergraduate students are welcome. Deadline for proposals is December 30, 2022. Proposal abstracts should be 200-300 words. Please email submissions and questions to Dr. David Davis:

Keynote Speakers

Mark Regnerus is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a Senior Fellow at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture. The author of four books from Oxford University Press and more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, his research and scholarly essays have appeared in media outlets as diverse as Slate and First Things.

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Assistant Research Professor of Ethics and Theology at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and he is an Associate Fellow at the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at Oxford University. He has written two books, hosts the podcast Mere Fidelity, and writes regularly for outlets like Christianity Today, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, and The Gospel Coalition.

Conference Schedule

The conference will begin at 12:00 p.m. Friday, February 3 and run through 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4.
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Registration is free for HCU students, faculty, and staff. General registration is $20.00.

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