Mere Christianity Forum is a place to gather and discuss, to explore the depth and breadth of the Christian tradition. We welcome the devout and the skeptic, the unsettled and the questioner, as our hope to create space for constructive questions in a community of support.
On campus, we gather Monday nights for the Forum– a conversation with Furman faculty and community leaders on issues of faith, philosophy, politics, and the intersections of faith and culture. We offer weekly book and Sacred Text discussions and semesterly CLPs to expose students to the diversity of Christian belief and Christian practice. And we try not to take ourselves to seriously in the process. The Forum's motto is "Faith. Reason. Tomfoolery," and we're pretty fond of how those three play out.
Our off-campus efforts take shape in the Vista House, a hospitality house and intentional Christian community where Furman students live in community together, opening their doors to you and all guests with a guest room (and many couches) and two weekly meals open to any and all. Vista House is the lived practice of the theology expressed at the Forum, a practice whose character is summarized in its motto of "Hospitality. Community. The Arts." What with eight acres of land, a cozy library for studying, and a communal kitchen open to the avid and novice cook alike, we think we've got something to offer everyone. So, ride on up the Swamp Rabbit Trail and come hang out; the doors are open and there are probably fresh (vegan?) cookies on the counter.
Mere Christianity Forum, Inc. runs both the Forum and Vista House. The Forum is a series of lectures and discussions on theology, philosophy, and culture led by our Executive Director, faculty members of Furman University, and noted thinkers and professors from around the nation. Vista House is an off-campus hospitality house and intentional Christian community situated one mile from Furman. Mere Christianity Forum creates space for students and faculty to explore the depth and breadth of Christian faith and challenge them to: Integrate their Christian faith into all aspects of their lives in the midst of a secular university Navigate and engage a post-modern culture with the grace of Jesus Christ Experience the richness of authentic Christian community. And, to round all things off, we pepper the conversations and community in development of faith and reason with a spirit of tomfoolery. Healthy doses, of course.
Religious Council Organizations
Haynsworth Room on the 2nd floor of Furman Hall