Teaching Bible and Theology in a Classical School

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 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 teach the Bible classically? How can a robust Bible/theology curriculum cultivate Christian practice and thought? This session is a panel discussion gathers Bible and theology teachers from classical schools to discuss these questions and more. In addition to the content of the panel discussion, it is hoped that this session will be a catalyst for Bible/theology teachers to meet and discuss their vocation together.

Jim Watkins

Jim Watkins is upper school humanities and theology teacher at Veritas School. He received a PhD in theology from the University of St Andrews, and he is the author of the bookCreativity as Sacri ce: Toward a Theological Model for Creativity in the Arts (Fortress Press, 2015). He lives in Richmond, VA with his lovely wife, four growing boys, and six noisy chickens.

Becoming More Fully Human: Art Education as Stewarding the Physical

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 and shape a student’s relationship to the physical world.

Jim Watkins

Dr. Jim Watkins teaches upper school humanities and bible at Veritas School in Richmond, VA. He received a PhD through the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. He also studied at Regent College (M.C.S., Christianity and the Arts) and Wheaton College (B. A., Studio Art). He is currently revising his forthcoming book Creativity as Sacri ce: Toward a Theological Model for Creativity in the Arts (Fortress Press, Fall 2014).