In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.Mortimer J. Adler
Starting September 7th!
Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind
Tuesdays 6-7 pm, beginning on September 7th.
“Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable, a punishment reserved for slaves. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus-was to be worshipped as a god. Dominion explores the implications of this shocking conviction as they have reverberated throughout history. Today, the West remains utterly saturated by Christian assumptions. As Tom Holland demonstrates, our morals and ethics are not universal but are instead the fruits of a very distinctive civilization. Concepts such as secularism, liberalism, science, and homosexuality are deeply rooted in a Christian seedbed. From Babylon to the Beatles, Saint Michael to #MeToo, Dominion tells the story of how Christianity transformed the modern world.” – (from the dust jacket of the UK version (below); the cover at the left is the US hardcover)
We are pleased to be teaming up with Mark Pike and the Christian Campus House for this book study.
|Due Date||Chapter||Discussion Questions||Notes|
|9/7/21||No Reading||What drew you to this study?|
|9/14/21||Preface||Where do we see crosses in our culture today? What weight, if any, does the symbol carry? In what way, according to the Holland, was Jesus and/or the cross a scandal to the Romans? to the Jews? to the Christians?|
|9/17/21||1:ATHENS||At the beginning of paragraph 6, Holland says that the scaphe was not “wantonly” cruel. What point is he making?|
What is the relationship between god(s) and human beings in Persia, Babylon, and Greece?
What is the relation between god(s) and law (or truth) in Persia? Greece?
Discuss these philosophical terms: parousia, Tyche, ‘natural law’, syneidesis — how do they reveal evolving ideas about the relations between god and man?
|9/28/21 & 10/5/21||3: MISSION||What are evangelion & parousia? How do the Christian concepts of these terms differ from the Roman concepts? Does anything in Paul’s letter to the Galatians come into sharper focus after reading this chapter? What are the themes that Holland is pursuing or developing in this chapter?|