WEBINAR: How NOT to Get Away with Murder

Apr 2, 2020
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Austin WalkerLumen Christi Institute

Madison ChastainLumen Christi Institute

Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute’s Newman Forum. Open to current high school students. This event was made possible by a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.

We've run this event in-person, but now we're bringing it to you online! When you register, you will be sent a Zoom link to follow at the appointed time. You have three sections to choose from:


Are you already tired of being quarantined in your house? Feel a little bit like you might kill your siblings? 

The book of Genesis is one of the most interesting and difficult books of the Bible. And there is so much more to it than meets the eye. For example:

How was a snake able to trick Eve? Why do Adam and Eve respond to God so suspiciously? And then there's the Cain and Abel story...why on Earth does Cain jump to murdering his brother? What are we supposed to learn from this Scripture?

This hour-long seminar will investigate these passages in the 3rd and 4th chapters of Genesis.  By reading the text closely and paying attention to what is (and isn't) there, we will discover a whole new complexity to the relationship between God, the first four humans, and the snake.  Not only is God revealed as imminently just and merciful, but also as a very acute observer of human psychology!
Come to whichever session fits your new online schedule the best! All you'll need is access to a Bible (either a real-life book or just online!) We'll read the text together, and discuss! 


Resources from this seminar are drawn from Joseph Ratzinger's (Pope Bendict's) In the Beginning…': A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall.
There is no charge for the seminar, but a good-will donation of $10 is encouraged.
(Teachers and Youth Ministers may sit in, if interested. Please register as "Other," and log in to the provided Zoom link 15 minutes prior to your session's start time to ensure you are properly muted.)

Austin Walker is Assistant Director of the Lumen Christi Institute where he directs LCI's Newman Forum and West Suburban Series on Catholic Culture, in addition to serving as the instructor for LCI's Executive Great Books series. He is also an instructor at the University of Chicago's Graham School Basic Program of Liberal Education. He is completing a Ph.D. on John Henry Newman's political philosophy at the University of Chicago's prestigious Committee on Social Thought, and holds M.A.'s from the University of Chicago and the University of Mississippi.  He received a B.A. with highest honors in Classical Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  From 2007 to 2011, he taught in the Mississippi Delta for the Mississippi Teacher Corps, where he received the Andrew P. Mullins Jr. Award in 2009. 

Madison Chastain is Program Coordinator of the Newman Forum, the Lumen Christi Institute's programming for high school students. Madison received a BA from Saint Mary's College of California, where she studied English as well as Theology and Religious Studies. After spending a year teaching religion to middle schoolers in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Lasallian Volunteer, Madison came to the University of Chicago where she received her MA from the Divinity School. Her research and writing focuses on Catholic disability theology and medical ethics.