Culture Seminar

Recognizing that the Christian tradition is not simply an artifact to be analyzed but a source of knowledge and wisdom to be explored and appropriated, the Culture Seminar works in cooperation with the University of Florida at the highest levels of scholarship to explore the intellectual and cultural resources of the Christian tradition for understanding and responding to the challenges created by contemporary cultural change. Culture Seminar lectures, featuring scholars from the University of Florida and guests from other universities, take place both on the campus of the university and in the Center’s classroom.

Fall 2017 – Works in Progress

The Study Center always seeks to encourage scholars in their work and to give opportunities for others to benefit from and interact with that work. This semester will continue with Karin Fields presenting her PhD work and Dr. Horner presenting the eighth chapter of his manuscript, Pascal and the (Post)Modern.

This group will meet during sixth period from 12:50 – 1:40 p.m. on the following Fridays in the Christian Study Center Classroom:

  • “A Phenomenological Look at Adoptive Nesting to Prepare for Adoptive Motherhood,” Karin Fields, Friday, October 13th
  • Chapter 8 of Pascal and the (Post)Modern, “‘No One Was Looking at the Sky:’ Science and the Literary Turn,” Richard Horner,  Friday, November 17th

Additional parking for these events is available at First Lutheran Church, 1801 NW 5th Avenue.

Request Manuscript

A draft copy of the manuscript, Pascal and the (Post)Modern, is available upon request. Just contact Nora (nora@christianstudycenter.org) to receive a link.

“Through the Eyes of C.S. Lewis: Medieval Wisdom for Everyday Life”

Free Public Lecture, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017

Featuring Chris Armstrong (Ph.D., Duke University), Director, “Opus: The Art of Work,” Wheaton College. Dr. Armstrong is the author of Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C.S. Lewis.

Co-Sponsored by the Christian Study Center and the Gainesville Pastoral Formation Program. Hosted by City Church of Gainesville.

 

Spring 2017 – Works in Progress

The Study Center always seeks to encourage scholars in their work and to give opportunities for others to benefit from and interact with that work. This semester will continue with the next chapter of Dr. Horner’s manuscript, Pascal and the (Post)Modern.

This group will meet from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on the following Fridays in the Christian Study Center Classroom:

  • March 17th — “Ramanuja and His Successors: The Centrality of Devotion and Grace in One Hindu Tradition,” Vasudha Narayanan, Distinguished Professor, Department of Religion at UF.
  • Date and Time TBA — “Making the Literary Turn,” Chapter 8, Pascal and the (Post)Modern, Richard Horner.

Parking for these events is available at First Lutheran Church, 1801 NW 5th Avenue.

Student Presentations

At the end of the semester, we will give students the opportunity to share their honors and graduate thesis work. We invite students interested in presenting to contact the CSC office for details.

Request Manuscript

A draft copy of the manuscript, Pascal and the (Post)Modern, is available upon request.

Fall 2016 – “Extending the Conversation,”

Part Three of Pascal and the (Post)Modern

Works in Progress – aimed at graduate students and faculty but open to everyone. The Study Center always seeks to encourage scholars in their work and to give opportunities for others to benefit from and interact with that work. This semester will continue with the next two chapters of Dr. Horner’s manuscript, Pascal and the (Post)Modern.

This group will meet from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on the following Fridays in the Christian Study Center Classroom:

  • September 23 — “The Fate of God in the Modern Age, Part One: The Burden of Necessity,” Chapter 6, Pascal and the (Post)Modern, Richard Horner
  • November 18 — “The Fate of God in the Modern Age, Part Two: The New Atheism,” Chapter 7, Pascal and the (Post)Modern, Richard Horner

Click the button below to request a draft copy of the manuscript, Pascal and the (Post)Modern.

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Spring 2016 – “Blaise Pascal in the Philisophical Discourse of Modernity,”

Part Two of Pascal and the (Post)Modern

Works in Progress – aimed at graduate students and faculty but open to everyone. The Study Center always seeks to encourage scholars in their work and to give opportunities for others to benefit from and interact with that work. This semester will continue with Dr. Horner’s manuscript, Pascal and the (Post)Modern, and will conclude with Dr. Ed Perez’s “How a Personal Foundation for Morality Helps Theism.” Dr. Perez is an instructor at UF and Santa Fe College.

This group will meet from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on the following Fridays in the Christian Study Center Classroom:

  • February 19 – Chapter 4: “Friedrich Nietzsche Fixes His Eyes on Pascal,” Horner
  • March 18 – Chapter 5: “William James Takes a Leap of Faith and Wagers on Pascal,” Horner
  • April 8 –  “Does a Personal Foundation for Morality Help Theism?,” Perez

Extra parking is available at First Lutheran Church (1801 NW 5th Ave).

Click the button below to request a draft copy of the manuscript, Pascal and the (Post)Modern.

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Fall 2015 – Pascal and the (Post)Modern

An Invitation from Dr. Horner – Come read my book manuscript with me.

Over the past several years I have been exploring the story of the modern mind and attempting to understand its implications and negotiate its challenges. For the most part my work has focused on Richard Rorty and other late modern or post-modern heirs of Friedrich Nietzsche. I have also been intrigued, however, by the prescient, pre-modern insights of Blaise Pascal, who saw at modernity’s dawn what Nietzsche and his heirs saw late in modernity’s day. In Pascal and the (Post)Modern I explore the challenges of modernity and the intersection between Pascal and these later thinkers. I invite you into a conversation around this manuscript. I am eager to hear your feedback.*

The Study Center will offer two formats for discussion of Pascal and the (Post)Modern.

Click the button below to request a draft copy of the manuscript, Pascal and the (Post)Modern.

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RichardWorks in Progress – aimed at graduate students and faculty but open to everyone. The Study Center always seeks to encourage scholars in their work and to give opportunities for others to benefit from and interact with that work. This semester will include my manuscript and will conclude with Dr. Brent Henderson’s “Can Linguistic Science Inform Theology? Some Prolegomena to a Theology of Language.” Dr. Henderson is Associate Professor of Linguistics at UF. This group will meet from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. on the following Fridays:

  • September 18 – Chapter 1: “The Cultural Logic of Modernity,” Horner
  • October 9 – Chapter 2: “Two Cheers for Richard Rorty,” Horner
  • October 30 – Chapter 3: “Blaise Pascal in the Philosophical Discourse of Modernity,” Horner
  • November 20 – “Can Linguistic Science Inform Theology? Some Prolegomena to a Theology of Language,” Henderson

 

Director’s Class – aimed at students but open to everyone. Learn More

Not sure whether to attend Works in Progress or the Director’s Class? In short, if you are familiar with Rorty’s work, come to Works in Progress. If you are not familiar with Rorty, and want a little more guidance through the issues and thinkers involved, come to the Director’s Class. In both cases, chapters of the book will be made available one week prior to discussion. Please remember that the text is the property of the author and should not be cited or used in any way without his permission.

*In case you are wondering, this book is not written with a Christian audience in mind. Nor are Christians excluded. The book is written for those who (like its author) struggle to find satisfying ways of understanding human experience in our late-modern milieu.

Spring 2015 Lectures on Vocation

Tuesday, February 10, 6 p.m., CSC Classroom “Strategies for Finding and Living Out Your Calling: Practical Wisdom from the Psychology of Vocation” Ryan Duffy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida.

Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m., CSC Classroom “Money was Made for Man, Not Man for Money: Viewing Wealth Through the Lens of the Sabbath” David Massias, CEO of Shadow Health

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., CSC Classroom “Are We Called? – Rehabilitating a Notion in Disrepair” Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Radiology, Indiana University

2014 Culture Seminar  – Seeing Justice, Seeking Justice

The Christian Study Center entered into its fourth semester exploring the idea of justice and the Christian tradition in pursuit of a common understanding of justice that leads, in turn, to the collaborative pursuit of justice across religious lines and in ways that span the university and the church.

“Making All Things New: The New Testament Vision for Restorative Justice”

Thursday, January 30 Location: 270 Weil Hall, UF campus Time: 6:15pm Presented by Richard Hays, Dean and the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School Listen:  

“Can Religion Help — or only hinder — Global Justice and Peace?”

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Location: Pugh Hall (Room 170), UF campus Time: 6:15 pm Presented by Miroslav Volf, Yale University Divinity School Dr. Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, Yale University Divinity School, and the Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He is the author of a number of books, including Allah: A Christian Response and Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation.

Previous Culture Seminar Guests

  • J. Kameron Carter, Assistant Professor in Theology and Black Church Studies, Duke University Divinity School
  • John Cavadini, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Theology; Director, Institute for Christian Life, University of Notre Dame
  • Calvin DeWitt, Professor of Environmental Studies, Nelson Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • James Davidson Hunter, LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory, University of Virginia; Executive Director, Institute for Advance Studies in Culture
  • Peter Rohloff, Associate Physician of Global Health Equities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Andrea Sterk, Associate Professor of History, Affiliate Faculty in Religion, University of Florida
  • Eleonore Stump, Robert J. Henle, S.J. Chair, Philosophy Department, St. Louis University
  • Manuel Vasquez, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Florida
  • Merold Westphal, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University
  • Robert Wilkin, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Early Christian History, University of Virginia
  • Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology and Ecology, Duke Divinity School
  • Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University and Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia

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