Dordt College News

'Another Brick in the Wall' Topic for Reformation Day Lectures

October 20, 2009


Dr. Robert Sweetman, acting president of the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, will present Reformation Day lectures on October 29 and 30 in Dordt College’s science building lecture hall SB101.

“Another Brick in the Wall” is his topic, drawn from the lyrics of a Pink Floyd song. His title on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. is “Another Brick in the Wall: Why Don't ‘We’ Join Institutions Anymore?” His title on Friday at 11 a.m. is, “Another Brick in the Wall: Will This Church Have Children?” Both explore how the church must adjust to emergent patterns of institutional life and suggest implications for Reformed churches and people.

The public is welcome to join students and faculty for these lectures.

Dr. Robert Sweetman holds the H. Evan Runner Chair in the history of philosophy at ICS and is an associate member of the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Centre for the Study of Religion of the University of Toronto. Sweetman joined the ICS faculty in 1991, after teaching several years at Calvin College in Michigan.

Sweetman's published articles include “Thomas of Cantimpré, Performative Reading and Pastoral Care,” “Plotting the Margins: The Management of Social Plurality in the Later Middle Ages,” “Of Tall Tales and Small Stories: Postmodern ‘Fragmatics’ and the Christian Historian,” “Love, Understanding and the Mystical Knowledge of God” and “Haunting Conceptual Boundaries: Miracle in the Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas,” “Univocity, Analogy, and the Mystery of Being According to John Duns Scotus.”

He recently published the book In the Phrygian Mode: Neo-Calvinism, Antiquity and the Lamentations of Reformational Philosophy, and finished a second book manuscript titled Delineations: Re-Imagining the Adventure of Christian Scholarship. He is currently working on a third book manuscript: Exemplary Care: Stoic Therapy, Dominican Pastoral Literature, and the Transformation of Human Identity, 1225-1275.

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