Spring 2019 Seminars
Seminars at the Study Center offer great opportunities for weekly thought-provoking, small group discussions about topics relevant to life in the university and beyond. Read more about our three 6-week seminars happening this spring below! Each is guided by NC Study Center staff in partnership with visiting teachers.
Devil’s Advocate: Evil, Suffering & the Goodness of God
Fridays • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM • The Battle House
How could an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God create a world that contains evil and suffering? For many, this question is at once both philosophically puzzling and personally troubling. In fact, this question is considered by many to be the single greatest challenge to the credibility of the Christian faith.
Starting Friday, Jan. 25th, this 5-week seminar will address the hard questions head-on and will introduce students both to the ‘problem of evil’ in its most compelling formulation, and to several of the most thoughtful responses offered by Christian thinkers. The group will be co-led by Matt Hoehn (Study Center staff) and Sam Schmitt (UNC PhD Student), with Sam taking on the role of ‘devil’s advocate’ some weeks to present counter- arguments. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome!
Led by Matt Hoehn and Sam Schmitt, UNC PhD student in Political Theory
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One Nation Under God?: Christian Identity and American Politics
Thursdays • 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM • The Battle house
Democrat. Republican. Progressive Liberal. Traditional Conservative. Tea-Partier. Antifa.
Our political discourse is filled with these types of labels that Americans invoke both to identify themselves and to dismiss others. For those who see Christian as their most fundamental identity, how should we think about politics, partisanship, justice, and participating in our democratic processes?
Starting Thursday, Jan. 24th, this 6-week seminar will explore the intellectual history underlying our notions of ‘politics’ and ‘justice’ and challenge you to reflect on how these concepts properly apply to real issues being discussed and debated today. It will also introduce you to the biblical and theological frameworks that Christians have used throughout the years for thinking about and engaging with politics.
Led by Study Center staff and visiting faculty.
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For the Love: A Biblical Approach to Singleness, Dating and Marriage
Wednesdays • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM • The Battle house
“Not everybody is called to romantic relationship, not everyone is called to marriage… But everybody’s called to relationships — that what it means to be human.”
—Kerry Cronin, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
Human beings are inherently relational. We live our lives not primarily as lone individuals (as Jim or Sally), but more fundamentally through a web of relationships (as son, granddaughter, roommate, friend). To be in relationships, to love and to be loved, is fundamental to our humanity.
At the same time, many of us experience severe confusion and frustration with regards to relationships, especially during college: What qualities should I look for in a friend? Should I date during college? If so, who should I date and how seriously should I date? Is hookup culture a liberating norm to be embraced, or rather a problematic status quo to questioned?
Starting Wednesday, Jan. 30th, this 6-week seminar will explore what Scripture and the wisdom of the Christian tradition have to say about singleness, dating, sex and marriage, in dialogue with contemporary culture. Discussion material will range from the Bible to The Atlantic and from C.S. Lewis to documentaries about online dating.
Led by Study Center staff and visiting teachers.
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