Fall 2020

CLASSES

IN PERSON:

ZOOM CLASS:

IN PERSON — Wednesday's at 4:10 p.m.

ZOOM — Tuesday's at 11:45 a.m.

Displaced: Exploring the Moral
Dimensions of Place and Embodiment

 

Director's Class — Michael Sacasas

“To be rooted,” Simone Weil observed, “is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.” As embodied creatures, our lives unfold in relation to a pair of fundamental realities:  time and place. Our flourishing depends on achieving a well-ordered relationship to both. The relationship may be more than metaphorical:  our inability to be rooted in place undermines our personal and moral projects. This is perhaps why we often speak about times of moral and spiritual crisis in terms of being lost. Unfortunately, modernity conspires against our rootedness in place. From the mobility and pace of contemporary life, to the habits of thought and affection generated by digital media, the homogenization of the commercialized landscape, and the imperatives of the modern economy—it is easy to lose our sense of place. And now, a health crisis has further complicated our experience of place. This class explores the nature of our relationship to place—how we have lost our sense of place, why this matters, and what we might do about it.

IN PERSON:

ZOOM CLASS:

In our educational program we seek to explore the resources of the Christian Tradition and draw on critical scholarship in order to understand contemporary cultural change and address shared human questions in ways that enrich and challenge the university community. Our educational initiatives cover a broad range of issues, but we focus on several areas of inquiry that play a crucial role in modern culture.

TECHNOLOGY & THE HUMAN

CREATION CARE & SUSTAINABILITY

CREATIVITY & THE ARTS

SELF & SOCIETY

FAITH & VOCATION

HIGHER EDUCATION & THE UNIVERSITY

In addition to our lectures, classes, reading groups, publications, and podcast, the Study Center hosts Pascal’s Coffeehouse, an expression of Christian hospitality and an embodiment of the Christian understanding we seek to explore as a Study Center. 

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IN PERSON | Tuesday's at 4:10 p.m.

ZOOM | Wednesday's at 11:45 a.m.

READING THE GOSPELS: DISTINCTIVES, CONTRADICTIONS & COMMONALITIES

Director's Class — Richard Horner   

What happens when you read the four New Testament Gospel accounts alongside each other? How do their agendas, perspectives, and editorial policies distinguish them from each other? How shall we make sense of the contradictions that appear when we place them alongside each other? What themes and aims do they share? What shall we make of these four books that have given us the picture of Jesus of Nazareth that has made him as famous an individual as anyone who has ever lived?

 

Rooted in a careful reading of the text, this survey will keep all four Gospels in view in a way that will highlight both the challenges and the richness that follow from setting the four accounts alongside each other and allowing their different styles, perspectives, audiences, and agendas to emerge.  

 

Whether you have never read the gospels before and would like to know what they actually say, or you have read them many times and puzzled over what to make of them, you are welcome in this class. 

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READING GROUPS

Fall 2020

Wednesday's at 1:00 p.m.

DANTE'S PURGATORIO

Michael Sacasas  |   Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom  

The Divine Comedy tells the story of Dante's journey through hell, purgatory, and paradise. This journey is a spiritual and moral journey through which Dante is transformed. This fall we continue our reading of Dante with Purgatorio

 

If you are interested in being a part of this group, please email Michael Sacasas, who will be coordinating and leading the group. You can reach him at mike@christianstudycenter.org.

Monday's at 8:00 p.m.

READINGS IN THE CHRISTIAN IMAGINATION

Michael Sacasas

Sustaining the life of the mind can be challenging in ordinary times. Under pandemic conditions, the challenges can be overwhelming. Readings in the Christian Imagination is a reading group intended to help participants carve out the space to reflect on the life of the mind and put those reflections into practice. Each semester we will begin with a text devoted to explaining and defending the intellectual life before proceeding to a reading and discussion of various literary texts that reflect that diverse resources of the Christian imaginative tradition. 

 

We will meet over Zoom twice-monthly on Monday evenings at 8PM beginning September 14th. This semester we will begin with Zena Hitz's Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life

Please email Mike Sacasas for more information. 

 
 

PODCAST

A NEWSLETTER OF THE
CHRISTIAN STUDY CENTER

Michael Sacasas  

If you've not done so already, take a moment and subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. Each week you'll receive a short essay from study center staff as well as recommended readings and resources. The newsletter goes out every Friday morning.

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GRADUATE ROUNDTABLE

Fall 2020

TBD

GRADUATE ROUNDTABLE

Brent Henderson  |  TBD

A reading group for graduate students led by Brent Henderson, Associate Professor of Linguistics, UF.

 

Please email the Study Center for details.

 

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