Academia Coram Deo
(Academia before the face of God)
Dr. Gaylen J. Byker, President
September 7th, 2004
Education is a lifelong endeavor, and anyone who wishes to flourish in it, observed John Henry Cardinal Newman, must cultivate certain "habits of the mind." In 1995, President Byker introduced the Calvin community to eight of these habits, drawing them from Newman's The Idea of a University . Since then, he and the former Dean of the Chapel, Neal Plantinga, turned that single address into a ten-part series for the sake of exploring these habits further, one each year. Nine habits have already been explored. Today we take up the tenth and last in the series — Academia Coram Deo (Academia before the face of God).
The scripture passage for this series is Romans 12:1-3:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.