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Congratulations to the Lectureship award recipients for 2009-2010: Todd Cioffi, Department of Congregational Ministry Studies; Craig Hanson, Department of Art and Art History; Anding Shen, Department of Biology.

Karl Barth in a Kuyperian Classroom:
Matters of Worldview, Churchview, and the Liberal Arts




Thursday, April 1, 2010
     Meeter Center lecture hall
         4 - 5 p.m.

Todd Cioffi, Department of Congregational and Ministry Studies

(vimeo of the lecture)

Professor Cioffi joined Calvin College and the CMS department in the fall of 2009.  Prior to coming to Calvin, Professor Cioffi taught at Whitworth University.  He completed his B.A. in philosophy from Hope College, and a M.Div. and Ph.D. in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Professor Cioffi has taught in the areas of systematic theology, philosophy, Christian ethics, and religion and politics.  Beyond his academic work, he is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has served several churches and ministries over the years.  His work in the CMS department will focus on the church, society, and ministry minor. 

About the lecture: What is the role of the church in the Christian life? In the life of Calvin College? Much of what animates Calvin College is the theology of Abraham Kuyper – so worldview, sphere sovereignty, and so forth, inform and shape our liberal arts curriculum. But what about the church in all this?  Is it possible to talk about “churchview” in regard to what we do in the classroom at Calvin? Are there sources within the Reformed tradition that move us more in the direction of churchview than worldview? This lecture puts the theology of Karl Barth in dialogue with Kuyperian thought in terms of the identity and mission of the church and how this can inform and shape the classroom at Calvin College.

About the Award

The Calvin College Faculty Lectureship Award recognizes the scholarly achievements and professional contributions of individual Calvin faculty members. The lecture series aims to share the awardees' work with the faculty as a whole. Each lecture, while open to the public, should promote mutual interest, discussion, and understanding within the faculty of Calvin College. Awards will be determined in the fall. (more about the award).

Past Lectures:
Anding Shen, Department of Biology

Inaugural Lecture: Craig Hanson, Department of Art and Art History


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