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Symposium: Worshiping the State

Spring Symposium:

Worshiping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion. Book by Benjamin Wiker

Presented by Mast. Bret Sunnerville

April 18
Time: 10:00 12:00 p.m. morning session;Lunch;

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. afternoon session.


Bret Sunnerville has offered to be our Spring Symposium speaker to talk to us about Wiker’s book.  What is liberalism? What are its origins and primary characteristics? What did political philosophy in the West look like before the advent of liberalism? And what does liberalism demand from its adherents (and its opponents)? We will look for some of the answers to these questions, and others, through a detailed reading and discussion of Benjamin Wiker’s book Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion. In the process we will consider what Sacred Scripture can tell us about man’s relationship to the state, the effect of early Christianity on the political powers and thought of its time, and the relationship between the Church and the state in medieval Christendom. Also under discussion will be the philosophical and political influences of famous (or infamous) thinkers such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Spinoza, Rousseau and Locke. Liberalism, Wiker says, exacts a cosmological cost from the individual and the body politic.  Join this symposium that will take us into the disciplines of theology, history, philosophy, and political science.
Contact The Cardinal Newman Liberal Arts Project for more information. Phone: (269) 343-2010; e-mail:
We look forward to seeing you there!

To Register:

We would really love you to come, and we would like to know how many people to expect.  Write an email to us at with your name, email subject titled “Registering for April 18” and whether you are taking the class in-person or over the internet.  If over the internet, you will need to also provide us with a google account name so we can meet you online.  Please sign to google on April 18th via computer, tablet or smartphone and we will use Google Hangouts to meet with you online.


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.

Suggested Donation per night $12


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


Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment: An Introduction to Literature

Six Lectures beginning April 25th, 2013Presented by

Dr. Ronald Muller


Thursday afternoons 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Great literature illuminates the deepest truths about the human experience and is a fundamental discipline of philosophic study.  Join the Newman Community as we explore the meaning of poetic inspiration through a reading of Dostoevsky’s great work of Russian literature, Crime and Punishment.


Spring Lecture Week & Appreciation Dinner

The Cardinal Newman Liberal Arts Project invites you to a springtime week of inquiry, reflection, and discussion with author, scholar, and professor of philosophy, Dr. Ronald Ledek of Dallas’s Walsingham Society. 

Please plan to join our many Newman Project supporters for dinner and a Spring Lecture presented by Dr. Ledek entitled “Newman’s Voice of Conscience, The Echo of the Echo of the Voice of God.”

Schedule April 25th to April 27th

Thursday evening– April 25

4:00 Introduction to Literature: Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment

6:00 Welcome reception for Dr. and Mrs. Ledek

7:00 Colloquium: On liberal learning, the tradition of Cardinal Newman,

and The Idea of a University

Friday evening– April 26

5:00 Colloquium on the liberal arts, the disciplines of learning,

and the principles of the core curriculum

7:30 Symposium: Metaphysics, Faith, Reason, and Apologetics

Saturday -April 27

10:30 Symposium: Body-Mind/Matter-Spirit

12:30 Lunch

5:00 Vigil Mass

6:00 Dinner (RSVP by email or phone ) and Lecture:

Newman’s Voice of Conscience, The Echo of the Echo of the Voice of God,”

Dr. Ronald Ledek