Agora Lecture: James K.A. Smith

“You are what you love.” This was the theme and the refrain of James K.A. Smith’s compelling lecture hosted by the Agora Institute in conjunction with the Templeton Honors College and Eastern University on March 17th, 2016. We are more than just “thinking things,” he insisted, arguing that it is not just our intellectual assent… Read more »

Study Abroad Spotlight: Rwanda

In their time at the Templeton Honors College, students are challenged to ask big questions: Why is there evil? What is the relationship between faith and reason? What is justice? Why is doctrine important? The habit of questioning we develop provides a valuable foundation that empowers us to interact with ideas and learn from the… Read more »

Student Perspective: Eight Things No One Tells You about College

Templeton senior Abbie Storch offers some wisdom on choosing a college carefully: You are entrusting your soul to a group of people you do not know. Your professors will have an enormous influence on the person that you become. They aren’t just teaching you; they’re forming you. Their words, especially the ones you take to… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Benz (’13)

“Most of today’s technology is about self-validation or objectifying other people. Through Facebook and Twitter we’re more connected to someone across the world, but disconnected from people around us,” says Aaron Benz.  Zync Up isn’t about swiping right or the number of “likes” on a photo, but making it easier to connect with real people.”… Read more »

The Latest Book from Dr. Phillip Cary

Does God Have a Strategy? A Dialogue is a different kind of book; it’s essentially a disagreement between two friends about if God has a strategy, and if so, what that strategy is. From Genesis and Jesus to pluralism and religious violence, the book touches on all the topics you would hope to explore in… Read more »

Summer Scholars Program

“I attended Summer Scholars two years in a row, and it was life changing. I learned so much from the great texts we read and the thought-provoking discussions we had every day, in class and out of class. I made amazing life-long friends in the course of a week and was able to learn from… Read more »

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Amy Richards

From undergraduate student to philosophy professor, Dr. Amy Richards has experienced much in the Templeton Honors College. Reading The Brothers Karamazov in her Philosophy and Literature class my junior year was one of my formative college experiences, so I was delighted to sit down with Dr. Richards and talk about her journey from student to… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Jordan Dene (Soliwoda) Ellis, ’09

Cohort of 2006 Major: Elementary Education Currently Living: Brooklyn, NY Clothing Designer and Business Owner   “We are all made of star stuff,” astronomer Carl Sagan once said, meaning that every particle in the human body is formed through chemical reactions in the life and death of stars. When Jordan Ellis first discovered this as… Read more »

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Walter Huddell

“When you’re doing pure mathematics, you’re studying eternal objects,” says Dr. Walt Huddell. “The author of Philippians writes, ‘Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.’ That’s what it feels like I’m doing… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Brother Lawrence Machia (’08)

When we pause to reflect upon our spiritual journeys, we are sometimes able to see the small turning points — those moments that seemed insignificant at the time, but later proved to be immensely formative. For Brother Lawrence (formerly Shawn Machia, B.A. Theology ’08), many of those turning points occurred through the conversations and people that… Read more »