The History of Doctrine, Part 1: The Ancient Church

churchLed by Rev. Don Willeman and Ryan Bouton ’01
Tuesdays 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10
7:00 – 8:30 pm, Reed Hall 108

Description: This class provides a broad overview of the history of the church in the ancient period, with a particular focus on theological controversies, what spawned them, and the creedal/confessional statements that were developed in response to them. We will look at the movement from the Apostolic teaching of the New Testament era to the robust Trinitarian doctrine of the late Ancient Period, and consider how the doctrines deeply informed the early Christians’ perspective the nature of reality and the value of human life.

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Graduation, Vocation, and the Gospel: A Seminar for Seniors

commencementchairsSeminar for Seniors
Led by Prof. Lindsay Whaley and [TBA]
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Classics Library (Reed Hall 322)
1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3
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As college seniors, we’re on the doorstep of the “real world.” We’re about to graduate, say goodbye to the classroom setting that we’ve known for sixteen years, and enter new vocations. Maybe finance, maybe engineering, maybe the arts, law, teaching, marketing, research, ministry or medicine. In this seminar, we’re going to talk about work and vocation from a Christian perspective: God’s vision for work in creation, the problems we face with work under the fall, and vocation in light of the Gospel and the coming new heavens and new earth. We will read excerpts from Tim Keller’s Every Good Endeavor. Join Prof. Lindsay Whaley and others for this four-week seminar starting Tuesday, January 13th at 7:00 pm.
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Fall 2014 Classes

Register now for fall classes! If you’re an ’18, join Professor Lindsay Whaley in his seminar for freshmen, What’s the Point of Education? A Christian Perspective. Ryan Bouton D’01 will be teaching a reading group through C.S. Lewis’ classic The Abolition of Man, a paradigm-shifting book on education, morality, objectivity and what it means to be human. Or explore the short stories of Flannery O’Connor—often dark fiction, and profoundly influenced by her Christian faith—with Catalina Gorla D’09. Classes will begin on October 7, and continue through October 28. Full course descriptions for each of the three classes being offered this term are available below. Click here to sign up.

What’s the Point of Education? A Christian Perspective
Lindsay Whaley, Professor of Linguistics and Classics and Interim Vice Provost
Tuesdays 10/7 – 10/28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Reed Hall 106

The Abolition of Man: A Reading Group
Led by Ryan Bouton D’01
Tuesdays 10/7 – 10/28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Reed Hall 103

Flannery O’Connor and Christian Realism
Led by Catalina Gorla D’09
Tuesdays 10/7 – 10/28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Reed Hall 101

The Abolition of Man

abolition_of_man_791Led by Ryan Bouton ’01
TA: Josh Alexakos ’17
Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm, 10/7 – 10/28, Reed Hall

Description: Join us for a book discussion group on C.S. Lewis’ Abolition of Man, in which he explores human nature, the existence of objective morality, and the implications of how we view these for individuals, societies, and especially education. The book promises to promote relevant, engaging discussion as we think about how faith, reason, and vocation fit together at Dartmouth and beyond.

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What’s the Point of Education? A Christian Perspective (for freshmen)

Seminar for Freshmen
Led by Lindsay Whaley, Interim Vice Provost and Professor of Classics & Linguistics
TAs: Jess Tong ’17 and Steffen Eriksen ’17
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, 10/7 – 10/28

College freshmen are faced with a maze of decisions, from which classes to take, to which activities to join, to which friends to spend time with. Author Stephen Covey reminds us that successful people begin with the end in mind. So is there an ultimate goal in going to college? How should that shape our decisions? Should our religious beliefs be part of our education, or something to keep distinct? In this four-week introductory class for first-year students, we will discuss the nature of a liberal arts education, the relationship between faith, reason, and vocation, and how the Christian faith informs our vision for learning.

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Flannery O’Connor and Christian Realism

Led by Catalina Gorla ’09 and Laura Marshall
TA: TBA
Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm, 10/7 – 10/28, Reed Hall

Description: Flannery O’Connor is acclaimed as one of the best short-story writers of the 20th century, and one of the most famous southern writers of all time. Her fiction, usually categorized as “Southern Gothic”, is often disturbing: loss of cat leads to murder of entire family, stolen mummy given as present, infatuated woman cares for corpse. Yet when O’Connor describes her own work, she sees her Catholic faith as one of the most important influences on her writing. What is the relationship between her dark fiction, so highly regarded by religious and non-religious critics alike, and her faith? This class will consider the relationship between Christian faith and fiction writing in a selection of O’Connor’s short stories and essays.

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