Dr. Walter McDougall on American Civil Religion and Foreign Policy

Upon meeting Dr. Walter McDougall for the first time you will notice that he immediately puts his audience at ease. Though having many achievements, Dr. McDougall is mild-mannered, unassuming, and a careful listener. His humble composure and intellectual disposition are qualities that make him an excellent professor. He cares about his work and the people… Read more »

The Need for Trust in Our Communities

     James K.A. Smith, a professor at Calvin College and esteemed author, recently wrote an editorial piece for his online journal Comment, entitled, “Teach Us (How) to Trust: Suspicion and Cynicism Play Right Into the Hands of Authoritarian Demagogues. Let’s Consider Another Way Forward.” In the piece, he outlines how “the web of trust is torn”… Read more »

Study Abroad with Templeton Juniors Liz Margolis and Carolyn Sigman

While it is not required, most Templeton students choose to study abroad at some point in their undergraduate career. This semester, Templeton students are studying in New Zealand, Scotland, France, and Spain, just to name a few destinations. Templeton juniors Liz and Carolyn are studying in France and Spain, respectively, and they offered these reflections as… Read more »

Conversation and Community: What to Expect at the Summer Scholars Program

Templeton’s Summer Scholars Program is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to get a taste of college life, engage with the classical model of education, ask challenging questions, and build friendships based on a common love of learning. For those who have never experienced the program firsthand, I imagine that the prospect of being… Read more »

The Meaning of the Resurrection: Reflections on Lent and Easter

Christians everywhere have spent approximately the last month and a half preparing for the most important holy feast day of the liturgical year: Easter. The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important holy day in the life of the Christian but as Easter has been commercialized and secularized in American popular… Read more »

On Place and Prayer: Being Present in the World We Inhabit

In my first semester at Eastern, on a warm summer day, I walked with two close friends into Wayne. As we entered the bridge tunnel leading into Wayne, I noticed the graffiti which announced that we were “now entering lil chicago.” I still don’t know exactly why this area is known by such a distinctive… Read more »

Infinity and the Incarnation: Thoughts on Science and Christianity

For years now, scientists and Christians have been suspicious of one another, to say the least. This tension is unnecessary, and it dissipates when both Christians and scientists understand the nature of God, creation and science. Science is a function that maps nature to the rational world – i.e., laws, rules, equations. That is, science… Read more »

Thoughts on Fairy Tales, Virtue, and the Gospel

At a recent Honors Forum, Dr. David Bryant discussed the continued presence of fairy tales in our culture and the value that they hold. As Dr. Bryant noted, fairy tales can be found in children’s literature, opera, ballet, symphonic music and musicals, in films, and even in cartoons. Despite the pervasive modern rejection of superstition,… Read more »