Category: Teaching

Christian Humanist Profiles 159: Good Arguments

Download or Stream this Episode Some time in the nineteenth century, somebody decided it was a good idea to move writing out of its prominent place at the apex of the liberal arts education and instead to pound it into an iron gate, a device for keeping the unworthy from the “real” courses colleges offer.…

Christian Humanist Profiles 151: The Craft of University Teaching

Download or Stream this Episode “At this level, at the college level, there are no single, simple formula that will tell you the best way to proceed.  You must become the kind of person, the kind of writer who makes the right judgment calls when the moment calls for judgment.”  I’ve repeated that counsel to…

Christian Humanist Profiles 58: The Professor’s Puzzle

Download or Stream this Episode The first universities, and all universities for some centuries, were Christian schools.  Standing in relationship with but not identical to the Church, these colleges, communities of those who read together, stood as living testimony to Christians’ devotion to learning of all sorts.  But Christians emerging from the twenty-first-century academy into…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #163: Listener Feedback

The Christian Humanists respond to listener emails. [0:00] An announcement from David Grubbs! [5:05] Why Christian Existentialism? [9:12] Kierkegaard and Christendom [17:41] John McAdams and academic freedom [27:09] More holy fools [30:15] Episode suggestions [35:43] John Adams insults / Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution. Also, Assassin’s Creed [39:58] The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (and Fuller…

The "High Rise" at Fermilab

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #5: Sciences and Arts

It’s time to start addressing some blind spots in our vision for higher education, as Dick Peterson embellishes on his brief remarks about science education in our book from InterVarsity Press and Ken Steinbach discusses the visual arts — utterly absent from that book. Better yet, both talk about teaching — a part of their craft…

Do Freshman Composition Students Have Minds?: A Response to Alex Genetti

Responding to our recent episode on Stanley Hauerwas’s essay “Honor in the University,” my former student Alex Genetti posed a fun question about the essay and the practice of teaching.  If you haven’t listened to the episode, give it a run: among other things, it was some of the first Hauerwas that Grubbs or Farmer…

Christian Humanist Profiles 27: The Pietist Vision of Higher Education by Chris Gehrz

From the lips of many a professor at many a Christian college the words “integration of faith and learning” sound as natural as “liberal arts” or “critical thinking.”  Yet, as Chris Gehrz and a number of scholars argue in The Pietist Vision of Christian Education, that phrase, inflected as it is by twentieth-century Calvinism, stands…

What Is Liberal?: A Response from Donald Lazere

[Correction notice: When Donald sent me this response, he asked that I change “Kenneth Burke” to “Edmund Burke.”  I forgot to do so initially,  but I have done so as of 12/20/14.  I still think that Kenneth Burke is as good an example of a conservative-minded rhetorician as is Edmund Burke, but that’s another unfolding…