Scripture and the Humanities / Intrinsic Goods of the Once and Future University

Speaker(s): David Jeffrey
Date: Feb. 26, 2008
Length: 2:12:34
Product ID: RGDL3805E

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This is a set of two talks, one given at Regent College and the other at the University of British Columbia. The first talk is a Christian Thought and Culture Lecture. The development of the university, and in particular the humanities disciplines as we know them owes more to the cultivation of biblical learning than classical learning.
The second talk considers that many scholars are now speaking and writing books to suggest that the university is now in what some consider an intellectual identity crisis (e.g. Harry Lewis, Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future? or C. John Sommerville, The Decline of the Secular University). Jeffrey demonstrates how the ancient Judeo-Christian scriptures, together with its traditions of interpretation, have substantial insights to offer such a conversation and reflection on education and its core intrinsic goods.

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David Lyle Jeffrey received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1968. He has previously been Chair of two English Departments (University of Victoria and Ottawa). Jeffrey was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1996. In 2003 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and in 2004 gave the Andrew Lang Lecture at St Andrews University in Scotland. He is the author of more than ten books and numerous articles including: People of The Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture (1996); (with D. Manganiello) Rethinking the Future of the University (1998); and The Poetry of William Cowper (2006). His principal scholarly interests include the Bible in/as Literature; Historical Hermeneutics; Literature and Christian Spirituality; Medieval Literature; Literary and Art Historical Relations; Intellectual and Religious Foundations of Literary Modernism.

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