The Idea of a University: Ep 15

Ep. 15: Rhetoric, pt 1.  (25 min) MP3 Dr. Ron Muller and Mast. Bobby Kinkela discuss the art of rhetoric and how it developed from ancient oration from Aristotle onto the present day.  The main purpose of rhetoric is to explain the good of one’s own position, and so rhetoric is a good tool in itself, but it can be used in sinful ways.  The discussion goes in depth into different rhetorical devices.  Then we start to get into responsible rhetoric.  This is a part 1 of 2 podcast on Rhetoric.


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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For more information, please call (248) 410-3575.

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.