Calvin College Seminar Opportunities

October 02, 2008
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2009 Summer Seminar Opportunities

“Flame of Love: Social Science and Theology on the Great Commandment”

July 13-24, 2009, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Participants: Stephen Post, SUNY Stony Brook; Margaret Poloma and Matthew Lee, University of Akron

How do God?s love and human caring interact? What happens when they do? Stephen Post, who directs the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University, joins University of Akron sociologists Margaret Poloma and Matthew Lee to lead a review of their research on “Godly Love”, the human attempt to live out the divine vision
of radical love.

“Deliver Us from Evil: Genocide and the Christian World”

June 22-July 10, 2009, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

James Waller, University of Vermont

What roles do Christian churches play in cultures where killing an entire group of people is seriously considered, or even tried? James Waller, social psychologist and author of Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (Oxford, 2nd ed., 2007), will lead an examination of churches’ roles in times of genocide and the consequences for contemporary Christian thought and practice.

“Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy”

June 22 ? July 10, 2009, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University; and Terence Cuneo, University of

This research and writing seminar aims to turn the conversation in philosophy of religion toward
liturgy, the ritual enactment of Christian faith, hope and mission. It also seeks to add philosophical depth to the current scholarship on worship and liturgy. Cuneo is a participant in and student of the Orthodox tradition and Wolterstorff is perhaps the most-published of any current philosopher on liturgy

Application deadline is January 16, 2009

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