DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY (FALL 2013)
This series of weekly lectures and discussions explores Dante Alighieri’s fourteenth-century epic poem about a spiritual journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Discussions focus on spiritual questions raised by the weekly reading, while lectures fill in helpful information about Dante, his world, and his work. Participants have two optional reading schedules available: the basic (the essential selections) and intensive (for those who want to read the whole of the Divine Comedy).
THINGS NOT SEEN: FAITH AND REASON IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY (SPRING 2013)
Modern thought often contrasts reason and faith, knowledge and belief, science and religion, but people in the ancient and medieval west had no problem integrating their rational, practical, and spiritual lives. This series explores the relationship between faith, doubt, and rational inquiry in the Christian west. Participants will examine how premodern people reconciled reason and faith, learn how and why modern thinkers ultimately separated them, and discuss the changing relationship between reason and faith in the 21st century.