A Theology of Knitting? Bonaventure, the Common Arts, and the Human Good

by Phil Donnelly July 21, 2017

One of the most remarkable features of contemporary culture is that many of the “common” (mechanical) arts of tangible making that were once understood to be practical, now seem useless. The practitioners of almost any common art today, whether black-smithing or bread baking, now find that they can no longer earn a living through these […]

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bonaventure common arts human good Theology

Falling in Love with Words: Or, How to Read a Poem

by Christopher Benson June 16, 2016

To really fall in love with words, a Christian teacher of poetry must first be in love with the Word, that is to say, Jesus Christ – the poet par excellence. Right belief (orthodoxy) about the Word precedes and pervades a right practice (orthopraxy) of studying words. For an exercise in slow reading, we will […]

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Poetry Robert Frost Theology

The Great Dance: How the Cosmos Sings and Moves by Love

by Greg Wilbur June 28, 2015

Jesus upholds the universe by the Word of His power and the center of the cosmos is Love that binds everything together in perfect harmony. The idea of music and dance as formative images appears in the writing of Augustine, Boethius, Dante, Lewis and Charles Williams. Formal dance requires the learning of steps, mutual submission […]

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Arts Augustine Education Lewis Music Theology Worship

Panel Discussion: Teaching Bible and Theology in a Classical School

by Jim Watkins June 28, 2015

Teaching Bible and theology in a classical school comes with its own peculiar set of challenges. To what extent should a Bible/theology teacher be sensitive to the diverse influences that inform her students’ understanding of their faith? What is the best way to address controversial subjects in a Bible/theology classroom? What does it meant to […]

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Bible Classical Education Discussion Theology

Detecting Intelligence: A Non-Materialist Science

by Paul Nelson June 28, 2015

This seminar explores the basic asymmetry between teleology and physicalism (or materialism), namely, that designed-based reasoning can embrace physical discoveries, whereas physicalism can admit no part of teleology.

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Intelligent Design Science Theology Worldview

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

by John Mays June 28, 2015

Christians have always affirmed this testimony from Psalm 19. But the breadth of the revelation of God’s glory in nature is far wider than we often appreciate. In this seminar we will examine a wide variety of ways in which the heavens declare God’s glory to us, including anthropic implications in contemporary science that have […]

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Image Bearers Science Theology Worldview Worship

Christian Dante

by Christian Kopff June 28, 2015

In Paradiso 12 Dante says God rescued Christendom “through grace alone” (per sola grazia). Guido da Montefeltro (inferno 27) and his son Buonconte (Purgatorio 5) exemplify God’s grace, a theme that permeates the Comedy.

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Dante Literature Rhetoric Theology Upper School

How a Theology of Wisdom Undergirds Classical Education: The Figure of Speaking Wisdom in Proverbs and Beyond

by Jason Barney June 28, 2015

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street; in the squares she thunders!” (Prov 1:20). The figure of speaking Wisdom is more than just an interesting literary device. Jewish and Christian tradition saw in a theology of Wisdom a foundation for what we would call classical education. In this presentation I propose to show how the theology […]

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Classical Education Pedagogy Theology Wisdom

The Music of the Spheres: Dante’s Pre- Copernican Universe

by Louis Markos June 29, 2014

Dante’s Divine Comedy presupposes a universe and a perspective on that universe that is radically different than our own. Aside from positing the earth as the center, Dante and his contemporaries conceived of a perfectly ordered, innately poetic cosmos of exquisite beauty, balance, and harmony. Even more vitally, they beheld in the starry heavens a […]

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Dante Poetry Theology

Where Athens and Jerusalem Meet: Why Dante Chose Virgil as his Guide

by Louis Markos June 28, 2014

Dante’s Divine Comedy, perhaps the single greatest expression of the human imagination, sets itself the daunting task of embodying in verse the full medieval vision of God, Man, and the Universe. However, when he chose what great figure of the past would function as his guide through Hell and Purgatory, the Catholic Dante chose not […]

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Literature Theology Virgil

Confronting Concupiscence of the Ears: Music and the Moral Imagination

by Ken Myers June 28, 2014

Education is typically structured to sharpen dull minds, to re-order confused thinking. But the senses are also in need of discipline. God has given us five senses with which to know and engage Creation and — through Creation — something of Himself. St. John (I John 2:16) starkly warns that disordered desires can afflict the […]

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Creation Education Faith Habits Music Theology

Becoming More Fully Human: Art Education as Stewarding the Physical

by Jim Watkins June 26, 2014

As art educators we are teaching students to love, understand and respect the physical world. This session aims to situate art education within the larger project of becoming more fully human. By bringing the doctrine of creation into conversation with art education, this seminar aims to explore three different ways that the arts can enrich […]

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Art Theology

Re-forming the Formers: Self-Examination for Teachers

by James K. A. Smith June 9, 2013

In Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom, I argued that we are all “liturgical animals”- -we are shaped by rituals and practices that form our identities because they aim our loves. This includes “secular liturgies” that we might mistakenly think are just “neutral” Christian practices. Building on that picture, this workshop will help teachers […]

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Bible Liturgy Teachers Theology

Are We Blind? Visual Culture in the Classical School

by Grant Horner June 30, 2012

What does it mean ‘to look’ and ‘to see’? What is the role of the visual arts in the classical Christian school? Is there a theology of sight, and of looking? Is there a ‘visual/socratic interface’? Is ‘classical art’ the only kind of art we should spend time thinking about? How does our visual cultural […]

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Arts Classical Education Theology