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


The Idea of a University: Ep 11

Ep. 11: Relativism, pt 1.  (25 min) MP3 What is relativism?  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.  Plus we throw in our own understanding of historical relativism for good measure!  How does the university structure and experience influence relativism?  This is a two part episode on relativism.

The Career Balance: personal passion and society’s needs

” In a culture that tells people to transform their passions into lucrative careers via will-driven alchemy, it’s no wonder so much of today’s workforce suffers from endless job swapping and professional discontent.” There has to be a balancing act for young career seekers: find your own talents and passions, and find what society needs plus how the systems operate for a livelihood. A whole academic disciple could be devoted to the latter.

Maggie Connell

April 1, 2014

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The Idea of a University: Episode 8

Ep. 8: Goodness part 1.  MP3 (25 min)  What is “the good” and how can we talk about it?  Bobby Kinkela starts off this episode with the question: why are human infants created so helpless relative to other animals?  We then move into a more general discussion about what goodness is from a philosophical perspective.  This is part 1 of a 2-part podcast on goodness.