A Practical Topic
– Where do intellectuals fit into a local congregation?
– Our personal experiences
The Lonely Academic
– Anti-intellectual congregations
– Stratification by class, not geography
– Hopwood envy
– Churches in university towns
The Monastery Model
– Alongside the local congregation
– The Christian College Model
– Intellectual overload
– Intelligence vs. intellectual
– Which came first?
– Start at ground level, not with the theory
– Young Christian women and feminism
– The power and value of labels
The Rabid Individualist
– The power and value of labels?
– Emerson: heretic to the heretics
– Make your own way
– Kierkegaard’s attack on the Danish church
– Can Kierkegaardianism exist within the church?
– Milton’s individualistic Biblicism
– The Church of One
– Criticizing sermons
– The riff sermon
– Literary criticism in the pew
– Michial’s problem with music
– Calvin’s Geneva
– Stumbling into political power
– The problem with church-planting
– Why should this question apply only to academics?
– Trying less to stand out and more to fit in
– C.S. Lewis in church
– You are not the philosopher-king
– Pope Gregory as a model
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “The Divinity School Address.” Essays and Lectures. Ed. Joel Porte. New York: Library of America, 1983.
Kierkegaard, Søren. Attack Upon Christendom. Trans. Walter Lowrie. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton UP, 1968.
Milton, John. Paradise Lost. New York: Norton, 2004.