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A lecture with Q&A by Davenant Institute Vice President, Colin Redemer entitled "Live Not by Dreher Alone: Soviet Dissidents, the Church, and Our Transhumanist Moment."Writers such as Jordan Peterson and Rod Dreher have popularized the comparison of our society to that which immediately preceded the the USSR. In place of "hard totalitarianism", we …
 
The subtitle of this talk is "Fear of the Divine in Scripture and in H.P. Lovecraft." In this talk, Shepherd gives a fascinating look at how the curious writings of Lovecraft give a window on the fear of God. This provides a contrast for how the fear of the Lord is presented in Scripture and how that attitude of heart is essential for the calming e…
 
The subtitle to this talk is "Wisdom From Middle Earth as a Shadow Grows." In this paper, Hughes examines how Tolkein's use of story unfolds wisdom for living in ways the prove helpful even when we may not be initially aware of our need for it. Michael Hughes is Director of Davenant House, the study center for the Davenant Institute located in Land…
 
The subtitle to this talk by Haley Schvaneveldt is "Simple Truth in the Midst of Complexity in John Donne's sonnets." John Donne's sonnets have perplexed some scholars for how his faith in God seems conflicted though not abandoned. Haley gives important analysis and perspectives on how to read Donne's sonnets carefully in light of both spiritual de…
 
This keynote address for the 2020 Davenant Institute Carolinas focuses on how C.S. Lewis used his interest in literature and writings to point others toward growing in wisdom. Dr. Williams aims to show how using literature can mature Christians in wisdom to the end that they will be better disciples of Christ.…
 
This talk, presented by Lynette Hughes, takes a journey through several practical ways that literature for children can cultivate in them an early appreciation for the transcendent. In particular, the sense of the transcendent is evidence of good literature for children as it commends Christian virtues to them through story. Hughes refers to the wo…
 
This talk, presented by Mark Olivero, is an examination of how we can use the world's wisdom literature as a window into the transcendent by cultivating an eye for the Greatest Good. After some introductory notes, this lecture examines 3 main points on how to reading literature in light of the Greatest Good: 1) See the world's wisdom literature as …
 
A lecture and Q&A session by Davenant Teaching Fellow Ryan Hurd entitled "What are the Divine Attributes?" What are the divine attributes?Theologians have always had a rough idea: their names are taken from our creaturely spiritual or intellectual perfections (goodness, wisdom etc.) Yet this insight acquired significant nuance throughout the tradit…
 
A lecture and Q&A session by Davenant Institute President Dr. Bradford Littlejohn entitled "Pride, Prejudice, and Precisianism: Richard Hooker on Why We Can't Get Along."American society today is polarized in the most intense ideological conflict for generations.The pandemic, anti-racism riots, and election of 2020 have all intensified the sense th…
 
A lecture and Q&A session by Davenant Teaching Fellow Joseph Minich entitled "C.S. Lewis as Sage of Modernity: The Rhetoric of Miracles."Navigating what we call "modernity" remains a challenge for Christians. Indeed, defining modernity remains contentious. Are we currently in modernity? Or late-modernity? Or postmodernity? What kind of human life i…
 
A lecture and Q&A session by Visiting Davenant Hall Fellow, Dr. Matthew Hoskins, entitled "Christmas and the Cross in the Ancient Church: Exploring the Mystery of the Trinity on the Feast of the Nativity."What is so special about the baby born in Bethlehem that, to celebrate his birth, we should sing songs to Him, have feasts with our families, dec…
 
Kenny Vaughan Part 2- is an honest troubadour, brilliant guitarist, songwriter. Having played on hundreds of records and backing up everyone from Lucinda Williams to becoming a member of Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Cousin Kenny is a player I have always wanted to interview. Enjoy this 2nd part of a very in depth conversation.…
 
This is lecture 2 of 2 by Dr. Benjamin Quinn of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The titles of this lecture series is "The Story of Wisdom in Saint Augustine." From childhood to conversion to Bishop of Hippo, Wisdom (sapientia) features prominently in Augustine’s work, and tracing it’s development in his writings offers deep insight into …
 
This is lecture 1 of 2 by Dr. Benjamin Quinn of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The titles of this lecture series is "The Story of Wisdom in Saint Augustine." From childhood to conversion to Bishop of Hippo, Wisdom (sapientia) features prominently in Augustine’s work, and tracing it’s development in his writings offers deep insight into …
 
Kenny Vaughan Part 1- is an honest troubadour, brilliant guitarist, songwriter. Having played on hundreds of records and backing up everyone from Lucinda Williams to becoming a member of Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Cousin Kenny is a player I have always wanted to interview. Enjoy this 1st part of a very in depth conversation.…
 
Covid-19 has wreaked havoc this year not merely on public health or economic stability, but perhaps most lastingly, on our institutions of higher education. We can lament this crisis, but we must also learn from it. While many worthy institutions may be struggling now through no fault of their own, the coronavirus crisis has also revealed a deeper …
 
In this lesson, Dr. Minich looks at Lewis's thoughts on the question as to whether or not God is primitive.If you would like to support these efforts by the Davenant Academy teachers, you can visit Davenant.kindful.com/?campaign=1063108If you'd like to learn more about the other projects from Davenant Institute visit DavenantInstitute.org. Don't fo…
 
Lewis, in an interlude, grapples with an "aesthetic" argument for naturalism.If you would like to support these efforts by the Davenant Academy teachers, you can visit Davenant.kindful.com/?campaign=1063108If you'd like to learn more about the other projects from Davenant Institute visit DavenantInstitute.org. Don't forget to subscribe to the YouTu…
 
In this lesson, Dr. Minich summarizes Lewis's response to a philosophical hesitancy about miracles arising from the concept of "laws of nature."If you would like to support these efforts by the Davenant Academy teachers, you can visit Davenant.kindful.com/?campaign=1063108If you'd like to learn more about the other projects from Davenant Institute …
 
In this lesson, Dr. Minich summarizes Lewis's response to weaker arguments against miracles, arguments based on a modern understanding of how nature works.If you would like to support these efforts by the Davenant Academy teachers, you can visit Davenant.kindful.com/?campaign=1063108If you'd like to learn more about the other projects from Davenant…
 
In this lesson, Dr. Minich discusses Lewis's response to misgivings so far, all laid out in an especially crucial chapter.If you would like to support these efforts by the Davenant Academy teachers, you can visit Davenant.kindful.com/?campaign=1063108If you'd like to learn more about the other projects from Davenant Institute visit DavenantInstitut…
 
In this lesson, Dr. Minich talks the student through Lewis's discussion of the link between conscience and the supernatural.If you would like to support these efforts by the Davenant Academy teachers, you can visit Davenant.kindful.com/?campaign=1063108If you'd like to learn more about the other projects from Davenant Institute visit DavenantInstit…
 
In this lesson, Dr. Minich works through Lewis's response to the chief objections to his argument thus far.If you would like to support these efforts by the Davenant Academy teachers, you can visit Davenant.kindful.com/?campaign=1063108If you'd like to learn more about the other projects from Davenant Institute visit DavenantInstitute.org. Don't fo…
 
In this lesson, Dr. Minich discusses Lewis's chief argument against Naturalism.If you would like to support these efforts by the Davenant Academy teachers, you can visit Davenant.kindful.com/?campaign=1063108If you'd like to learn more about the other projects from Davenant Institute visit DavenantInstitute.org. Don't forget to subscribe to the You…
 
In this lesson, Dr. Minich summarizes chapter 2 of "Miracles" by looking at Lewis's distinction between Naturalism and Supernaturalism.If you would like to support these efforts by the Davenant Academy teachers, you can visit Davenant.kindful.com/?campaign=1063108If you'd like to learn more about the other projects from Davenant Institute visit Dav…
 
Dr. Minich begins his study through C.S. Lewis's book "Miracles" in this first episode for the Davenant Academy.The student will not only learn about the chapter-by-chapter content of Lewis's book, but how to access Lewis's writing more broadly.If you would like to support these efforts by the Davenant Academy teachers, you can visit Davenant.kindf…
 
In this final discussion, Brad Littlejohn and Alastair Roberts discuss how pastors and churches can begin to model and restore the kinds of networks of trust, and healthy relationships to authority and expertise, that can enable us to navigate crises such as the one that currently faces us. They also suggest practical ways that churches can shine a…
 
In this discussion, Brad Littlejohn and Alastair Roberts explore the question of tradeoffs in relation to Covid-19. Is it true that "the cure may be worse than the disease," that we need to balance the protection of the economy against the protection of lives? In fact, we need to understand how deeply intertwined the health and economic challenges …
 
In this discussion, Brad Littlejohn and Alastair Roberts address the concern that, even if government officials have the right *in principle* to impose emergency measures, they may be overreaching now. Many have started questioning whether the virus is so bad after all, or whether the restrictions in some communities are too strict. What biblical a…
 
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