The Idea of a University: Ep 14

Ep. 14: Kant & Relativism, pt 2.  (25 min) MP3 Kant’s relativism continues looking into the topics of how to interpret different cultures, universal maxim as a guide to the laws of morality (that in every similar situation, people should do the same thing… which gets into rationalization of moral law), and categorical imperative,  We also get into Kant’s understanding of human dignity and how this compares to the Catholic Christian understanding of human dignity based upon St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.  This is part 2 about Kant and Relativism.


Understanding Islam: Its Historical and Theological Development

Presented by Dr. Brian Bradford (Western Michigan University)commenting on his doctoral studies on the early history of Islam

beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 15 at Ambrose House of Studies 736 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan


First Session : 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Early History: Mohammed
  • References to Jesus Christ in the Koran and other Non-Biblical texts


Second Session : 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Spirituality and Religiosity in Islam and Christianity
  • Catholicism, Ecumenism, and Non-Christian Religions

A native of Jackson, Michigan, Dr. Brian Bradford attended Lumen ChristiHigh School before earning the B.A. in history and philosophy at Spring ArborUniversity.  After studying archeology in Israel, he earned the M. A. in history fromCentral Michigan University and subsequently completed his doctoral studies atWestern Michigan University.  He has extensive teaching experience in ancient and medieval history and has lectured on comparative religion, the early history of Monasticism, and Christian references in Islamic tradition.

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The Idea of a University: Ep 13

Ep. 13: Kant & Relativism, pt 1.  (25 min) MP3 We look a little deeper into relativism.  What caused relativism?  We look at the philosophies of Hume and Kant to look at the epistemological and metaphysical issues that turned into relativism.  We also get into the metaphysical principle “no effect can be greater than it’s cause” and apply this towards creation and when people try say evolution (the first biological organism) was caused by random chance.  This part 1 on Kant.

The Idea of a University: Ep 12

Ep. 12: Relativism, pt 2.  (25 min) MP3 What is relativism?  Is a University more relative than popular culture?  Using Peter Kreeft’s book, “A Refutation of Moral Relativism,” we examine the 4 types of relativism: metaphysical relativism, epidemiological relativism, moral relativism and religious relativism.  Focus is given this time to moral relativism in regards to atheism, and the religious relativism which says “all religions are the same.”  This part 2 of a two part episode on relativism.

western theological Tradition

western theological Tradition I

Bobby Kinkela, M.A. Theology.

Course Description:

The purpose of this class is to understanding the nature of Sacred Tradition in the Church and to see how the lights of doctrine and dogma came about from this history.  We will examine the texts from the Greek philosophers, Early Church Fathers, Saints, Doctors of the Church and theologians to accomplish this goal.

Course Goals:

Trace theological Tradition, based on papers, and examinations, from the Greek philosophers before Christ until the middle ages.

Understand the distinction between Sacred Doctrine and what is Sacred theology.

Deepen our love of Christ and understand His One Personhood with Divine and human natures.

Explore the historical process by which Christian doctrine becomes Dogma, and the role played by heresy from before Christ until the middle ages.

Identify the main heresies and their influence today: Judaizers, Gnosticism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Manicheism, Pelagianism, Iconoclasm.

Text: Church Father Documents Online (see below or download:

Hogan, Richard.  Dissent from the Creed.  Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 2001.

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Sept 2, 1. St. Thomas on Sacred Doctrine vs. Theology.  Summa Theologica  I 1-10. 1_STI1_10.

Sept 9, 2. The God of the philosophers.  2_Hesoid_Theogony Aristotle: Metaphysics XII 6-7 2_Aristotle_MetaphysicsXII, Cicero, The Dream of Scipio 2_Cicero_TheDreamOfScipio.

Sept 16, 3. Hebrews to doctrine to bind and loose of Christ.  Genesis 1-3, 6-9:17, 15-16:11; Exodus 12:1-13, 24-25:8; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Luke 22:14-20; Matthew 5:1-48.  HOGAN 15-27.

Sept 23, 4. Gospel and philosophy- St Justin Martyr: First Apology 4_JustinMartyr_Apology1.  HOGAN 29-35. Quiz 1

Sept 30, 5. The Word made flesh vs. Gnostics.  St Ignatius of Antioch: Ephesians, Magnesians, Romans, Philadelphians, Smyrnaeans, Polycarp 5_IgnatiusLetters.  HOGAN 43-52

Oct 7, 6. The Council of Nicaea: Dogma of Incarnation.  St. Athanasius of Alexandria (Dr.)  vs. Arius of Alexandria. St. Athanasius of Alexandria The Incarnation (1-31; ch 1-5) 6_Athanasius_TheIncarnation .  HOGAN 79-88

Oct 14, 7. The Council of Constantinople: Dogma of Trinity.  vs. Arians.   St Gregory of Nanzianzus (Dr.) 3rd Theological Oration 7_GregoryNanzianzus_Oration29.  HOGAN 88-100. Mid Term

Oct 21, 8. Grace, Original Sin and the Two Cities.: Augustine (Dr.) vs.Pelagianism.  St. Augustine: City of God, Book XIV and XIX, On the Grace of Christ, and on Original Sin Book I 8_Augustin_Grace_CityOfGod.  HOGAN 113-121 Quiz 2

Oct 28 9. Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon: Dogma and the development of Anathema.   St. Cyril of Alexandria (Dr.): 1st Letter of Cyril to Nestorius 9_Cyril_ToNestorius. Pope St. Leo the Great (Dr.): Tome of St. Leo 9_Leo_Chalcedon.    HOGAN. 123-146

Nov 4. 10. Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy 10_Boethius_ConsolationOfPhilosophy.  HOGAN 161-170 Quiz 3

Nov 11, 11. St. Anselm (Dr.) Proslogium 11_Anselm_Proslogium, and St. Bonaventure (Dr.) Retracing the Arts to Theology 11_Bonaventure_ArtsToTheology.

Nov 18, 12. St. Thomas (Dr.) Grace & Hist. ST I, q 76, a. 1; q 84, aa. 4, 5; Ia-IIae, q 10, a 3; q 58, aa 4, 5 12_Summa.

Nov 25 13. Final Discussion, review and Final Exam