In This Issue:
Autumn Open House
Video: Why Boredom Matters
PICS: God & Humor / Fall Classes
MAKE MEN WISH IT WERE TRUE…
SATURDAY • September 30 • 5-10PM
If you can read this…you’re invited
Help us to celebrate our new space
Enjoy 3 local bands
Get to know other involved in Alcuin Study Center
Hear from Director Dan Daugherty (briefly)
Eat Tacos & S’mores around the fire
Why Does Boredom Matter?
Dr. Kevin Gary, Valparaiso University, spent some time with us at Alcuin Study Center recently. We brought him in to the Teachers College at BSU where hd delivered a deliciously engaging lecture on one of our culture’s most pressing issues.
Watch Alcuin Study Center’s newest video:
Is God Funny? Is There Humor in the Bible?
Carl Frost—pastor, actor, comedian—delivered a lecture as full of wisdom as it was of mirth. It was part stand-up act, part academic lecture, and all fantastic. While we learned quite a bit about about humor theory, the various uses of comedy, and the elements of humor found throughout Scripture, we were mostly reminded to not take ourselves too seriously. Humor, like humility, has its roots in the Latin for “earth,” and we are, after all, made from the dust thereof. Dirt made for glory. There’s a joke in there somewhere.
The video will be up soon, but in the meantime, here a couple of pics of the night. The first one is Carl in our new space turned comedy club. The second was taken afterward of participants looking very serious about comedy…except Bailey…the sophomore in the back center…she’s smirking.
Classes are off to a great start! New students, professors, and community members have attended every class and event we’ve put on so far this fall. Here are a few glimpses into two of those classes: Seeing God’s World through God’s Word: Hermeneutics & Worldview (above) and A Tale for Our Times: Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (below, in the expanded portion of the center).
Make Good Men Wish it Were True…
“Men despise religion [by which Pascal means Christianity]. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. The cure of this is first to show that religion is not contrary to reason, but worthy of reverence and respect.Blaise Pascal, Pensées
Next, make it attractive; make good men wish it were true, and then show that it is.
Worthy of reverence because it really understands human nature.
Attractive because it promises true good.”
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In Christ, in whom all things hold together,
Dan Daugherty, Executive Director