Tag Archives: humanism

Literary humanists and mercy

Authors and critics perceive the need for mercy, but they can’t find the ultimate source for it or a compelling universal vision that would convince people of its necessity. Religious institutions have been the worst offenders against mercy, and blind faith has been a shameful wound in the Bible Belt, so literary humanists aren’t inclined to consider revelatory traditions.

Gratitude for the givenness of the world

Following the recent death of the great Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, I have been listening to David Aikman’s essay “One Word of Truth: A Portrait of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn” on a special MP3 edition of Mars Hill Audio.

Mars Hill Audio also has a 74-minute download entitled The Christian Humanism of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (also available for purchase on CD) featuring scholar Edward E. Ericson, Jr. Here’s a fantastic quote from Ericson’s 2006 book, The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005:

“Solzhenitsyn’s work and witness teach us that the true alternative to revolutionary utopianism is not postmodern nihilism but gratitude for the givenness of the world and a determined but patient effort to correct injustices within it.”

‘The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism & the Future of University Education’

“[I]f the New Testament is right, Christ did not come to pluck souls from an evil and worthless creation and transport them to an angelic existence; instead he came to announce the beginning of the world’s renewal.”
– from The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education by Norman Klassen of St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario, and Jens Zimmerman of Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia

Gregory Wolfe speaking at Belmont Abbey College near Charlotte, NC, tomorrow (Monday, Aug. 11)

Gregory Wolfe will speak on Christian Humanism tomorrow (Monday, Aug. 11) at Belmont Abbey College near Charlotte, N.C.

The lecture, entitled “Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty: The Vision of Pope Benedict XVI,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Click here for directions.