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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]