Frequent ESN contributor andÂ InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA Graduate & Faculty MinistriesÂ Staff Mark Hansard explores David Humeâ€™s ideas in Part 5 of hisÂ series on faith and reason. As you may remember,Â Part 1Â took aÂ brief look at a Scriptural basis for using reason and logic,Â Part 2Â discussed St. Augustineâ€™s ideas about faith and reason, Part 3Â engaged with the thought of Aquinas, and Part 4 addressed John Locke. Image: Sculpture of David Hume. [Read more…] about Faith and Reason, Part 5: Hume
Homonculi, animalcules, and hydra! O my! Sure, planets and moons and clockworks are interesting, important, and historically significant to the faith and science conversation. But start talking about morphallactic regeneration and now you’ve really got the attention of this biologist. This week, Thomas Broman introduces a significant dose of eighteenth century biology even if the chapter title “Matter, Force, and the Christian Worldview in the Enlightenment” doesn’t really suggest as much. In part that’s because Broman is also concerned with Newton and his contributions to physics. But a bigger reason is that we aren’t eighteenth century biologists and so we don’t appreciate just how significant concepts like ‘force’ were to the subject.
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How have Christian teachings on gratitude added basic ideas to the founding of Enlightenment institutions and the modern world we live in? [Read more…] about The Revolution of Christian Ingratitude in Western History: A Talk by Peter Leithart
This spring’s Chronicle of Higher Education piece The Myth of First-Year EnlightenmentÂ has more toÂ consider (Note: link to earlier post here). Of particular interest are the practicalÂ steps whichÂ Tim takes to address quintessential Americans in the classroom. Any students or faculty have reactions to the proposedÂ shift in learning objectives andÂ new classroom style?Â [Read more…] about The Myth of First-Year Enlightenment II
As the fall term winds down, have any students enabled you to cling to The Myth of First-Year Enlightenment? Hereâ€™sÂ what Tim Clydesdale, an associate professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey and author of The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School (University of Chicago Press, 2007),Â writes on the topic:
â€œMost of the mainstream American teens I spoke with neither liberated themselves intellectually nor broadened themselves socially during their first year out.” …Â â€œWhat teens actually focus on during the first year out is this: daily life management.â€ . . . â€œOnly a handful of students on each campus find a liberal-arts education to be deeply meaningful and important and most of those end up becoming college professors themselves. . . . And so the liberal-arts paradigm perpetuates itself, while remaining out of sync with the vast majority of college students.â€ [Read more…] about The Myth of First-Year Enlightenment