Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission (CFTVC), gave a keynote speech last week at the World Congress of the International Christian Studies Association (ICSA) in Pasadena, CA.
Dr. Baehr spoke Friday night about the influence of the mass media of entertainment on human dignity, including its effects on religious belief and practice.
Other speeches and papers at the academic conference addressed genetic engineering and human dignity, the effects of new science and new technology, and reason and divine providence.
“After my lecture,” Dr. Baehr said, “I was asked to speak at several universities and at the Academy of Science.”
The purpose of the ICSA World Congress, or ICSA VII, was to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and denominations to explore the impact of science and technology and its socio-psychological, cultural, and spiritual implications for humanity in the 21st century.
The international conference was cosponsored by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. The theme of the conference was based on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, which highlights the advancement of science as it affects human individuals.
Dr. Baehr, who is a member of NRB’s Board of Directors, is known best for his efforts with CFTVC and Movieguide, which are dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.” Dr. Baehr is also author of The Culture-Wise Family, So You Want to be in Pictures, and many other books
Published: August 8, 2012