Liberal Learning and the Great Christian Traditions

51tDGEGuUEL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_As an aspect of civic humanism, the liberal arts comprehended the skills necessary to realize the common good of free citizens within a free society, the mental habits basic to citizenship as preached and taught in the classical, medieval, and Renaissance worlds. The liberal arts formed people with the virtues proper to civic life. The Church has never been quiet about these issues. In every age Christians have addressed themselves to what the human animal is that such a being can be trained in civic virtue, and how this can best be done, why Christians should care, and what Faith has to say on such matters as profane learning. This book’s essays explore how the various Christian Traditions have taken up the question of liberal learning by setting it within the context of their own peculiar idioms and histories.

 About the Authors:

Dr. Gary Jenkins

Dr. Gary W. Jenkins serves as both the Van Gorden Professor in History and the Chair of the History Department at Eastern University, and has taught on faculty at Eastern University since 1994. In addition to teaching history classes in Medieval and Renaissance European history, during the academic year of 2010-2011, Dr. Jenkins began work with the Honors College as a professor for the first-year students’ Heritage of Western Thought and Civilization course. Besides these efforts, Dr. Jenkins has published broadly, including a book entitled John Jewel and the English National Church: The Dilemmas of an Erastian Reformer, and most recently articles on the Anglican Divine Richard Hooker, and the seminal Reformed theologian, Peter Martyr Vermigli.

Dr. Jonathan Yonan

Jonathan Yonan is Dean of the Templeton Honors College and Associate Professor of History at Eastern University. He earned his BA in English at Gordon College and his MSt and DPhil in Ecclesiastical History at the University of Oxford (St Cross College), where he studied under Rev. Prof. Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch and Prof. Brian Young. Dr. Yonan’s research has been focused on two areas: 1) eighteenth-century religious and intellectual history and 2) philosophy of education. His work has appeared in such journals as The Journal of Ecclesiastical History and The Journal of Moravian History, as well as a number of edited volumes. He is currently completing a book-length project on British churchman, Christian Ignatius LaTrobe (1758-1836).