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ERIC Number: EJ906323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5456
An Augustinian Culture of Learning for Interdisciplinary Honors Programs
Ste. Antoine, Tom
Journal of Education & Christian Belief, v14 n2 p69-82 2010
Any attempt to discern the purpose of honors education and to integrate it with the unique ethos of a Christian institution can prove to be difficult. Yet, describing and articulating a sense of purpose is essential for an honors program to justify itself. This essay contends that a philosophy of education based on Augustine's "Confessions" can provide such a sense of purpose to an honors program, not to supplant its modern aims but to complement them. The "Confessions" can be seen not just as a spiritual autobiography but also as an intellectual autobiography. Augustine's intellectual journey narrates a kind of Christian education that strongly contrasts with the utilitarianism and materialism of the contemporary academy. The major elements of Augustine's approach to learning have been the basis for a distinctive culture in the honors program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. By pursuing an Augustinian kind of education, the university's honors program has tried to define itself as a distinct subculture within, and an enhancement to, the university's interdenominational Christian mission. In this essay, the author describes how Augustinian values help to shape a distinctive subculture in the honors program of his nondenominational institution. With its emphasis on formative (as opposed to instrumental) knowledge, and its concentration on cultivating a "well-ordered soul," the honors program at Palm Beach Atlantic seeks to promote what Augustine calls a life of "rest in the Lord." (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida