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Sweetman Lectures here Oct. 27, 28

October 14, 2003

Three public lectures will be presented at Dordt College on October 27 and 28, in conjunction with the fourth annual Reformed and Reformational Lecture Series.

The featured speaker for these lectures will be Dr. Robert Sweetman, professor of the history of philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.

Dr. Sweetman will speak on the topic, “Integral Christian Scholarship and the Diversity of Traditions” on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 3:15 p.m. he will address “Integral Christian Scholarship and the Aristotelian Way.” Robert Sweetman

A third public lecture, “From Neutral Ground to Common Ground: Inner Reformation and the Differentiation of Integral Christian Scholarship” will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The lectures will be presented in the Science Building lecture hall SB101. All are welcome to attend at no charge.

Sweetman joined the ICS faculty in 1991 after teaching several years at Calvin College in Michigan. Bob is a Medievalist with special interest in the nature of Christian scholarship and its integrality.

Describing himself as a man with post-Reformation faith and a heart for the pre-Reformation Latin tradition of faith, Sweetman illustrates his stance with the word picture, “Give me a fence to sit on, and I will mistake it for a Lazy-Boy.” A student describes Dr. Sweetman as a compassionate reader, teacher and mentor, whose classes are a treasure trove of ideas that bear relevance to both Christian thought and our present concerns.

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” and “Love, Understanding and the Mystical Knowledge of God.” He is currently working on two book-length manuscripts: Exemplary Care: Dominican Friars, Women Religious and the Invention of Lay Christianity and In the Phrygian Mode: Neo-Calvinism, Antiquity and the Lamentations of Reformational Philosophy.

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