WEBINAR: How NOT to Get Away with Murder (Again!)

Jun 17, 2020
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Austin WalkerLumen Christi Institute

Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute’s Newman Forum. Open to current high school students.

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. The event will run from 3:00pm-4:00pm


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 Associate Director of the Lumen Christi Institute and a Scholar-in-Residence. In directing LCI's University Program, he oversees the presentation of the Church's intellectual tradition on the University of Chicago campus. In directing its Cultural Forum, he supervises the articulation of the Church's mind on questions of the day for a lay Catholic audience.  He also leads LCI's Executive Great Books seminar series and serves as an instructor at the University of Chicago's Graham School Basic Program of Liberal Education. In 2022, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago's prestigious Committee on Social Thought, where he wrote on John Henry Newman's political philosophy. He 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.  He and his wife have two young children, and are expecting a third in early 2024.