ERIC Number: ED203758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Four-College Christian Humanism Program.
Shaw, Joseph M.
Christian humanism programs initiated in 1978 at the following four colleges are described: The College of St. Catherine , St. Paul, Minnesota; Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. One of the principal features of the program is the introduction of new courses in Christian humanism. All of the colleges offer a Christian humanism course that deals with education and especially with the history and humanistic heritage of the local college itself. A second feature of the program is joint activities, often in the form of Christian humanism festivals, or smaller-scaled gatherings of students and faculty members from all four colleges on one campus. Additionally, faculty seminars have been hosted to disseminate information about the program to a large number of colleges. A third program feature is the preparation of publications. A text of readings has been produced for use in the classroom in the fall survey course dealing with the western tradition in Christian humanism. An overview of the development of the programs and the persons responsible for organizing committees and meetings is presented. Much of the preliminary conversation sought to bring together the points in common shared by the four colleges, two in the Roman Catholic tradition and two in the Lutheran tradition. Similarities in background and characteristics of the colleges, in addition to being colleges of the church, are noted. The argument is advanced that Christianity has always maintained a positive interest in human beings and their welfare, and that it is a distortion of western history to define humanism as intrinsically at odds with Christian teaching. Some information on implementation and results of the program are presented. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: College of Saint Catherine MN; Luther College IA; Saint Johns University MN; Saint Olaf College MN