Paul Mankowski, SJLumen Christi Institute
6:00 Dinner | 6:30 Lecture
This weekly non-credit course is open to current students and faculty. Registrants are free to attend as many sessions as they choose. Sessions do not presuppose previous attendance or prior knowledge of the subject.
The project of fides quaerens intellectum (faith seeking understanding) is not reserved to professional theologians but is the prerogative of every thinking person, and can be especially pressing when the claims of religion—and rationality itself—are viewed with suspicion or contempt. The twentieth century and the first decades of our own have erected formidable systems of skepticism yet also brought into the field notable creativity in addressing the problems of belief. This course will make use of classic works of anglophone Christian writers concerned to demonstrate how it is that faith permits the human person to see farther and to understand the world more deeply.
OCT 9: G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man.
OCT 16: J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories.
OCT 23: C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.
OCT 30: J. Budziszewski, The Line Through the Heart.
NOV 6: Ronald A. Knox, The Hidden Stream & In Soft Garments.
NOV 13: C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters.
NOV 20: J.R.R. Tolkien, Selected Letters.
Paul Mankowski, SJ, is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute. A native of South Bend, Indiana, and a member of the Society of Jesus, he has an A.B. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Oxford, and a PhD in Semitic Philology from Harvard University. He taught for many years at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and has published in the areas of language, theology, and the biblical text.