Brett Foster on Christian Humanism and the Virtues of Poetry

As part of our lecture series this past spring, TWU hosted Brett Foster, Associate Professor of English at Wheaton College and a specialist in Renaissance literature. His lecture, “Fiery Tongues and Minds Afire,” explored the significance of Christian humanism as an intentional cultural development which led to some of the most remarkable poetry in the [...]

Martin Schlag and the Economics of the Common Good


“The time is ripe for a paradigm shift in the way the global economy works,” according to Fr. Martin Schlag, Academic Director of the Market, Culture and Ethics Research Centre at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. “In the long run, what changes culture is education… a cultural transformation of values, practices [...]

“Christian Humanism from a Catholic Perspective” by Father Martin Schlag

Martin Schlag

This past March, Trinity Western University was privileged to host Father Martin Schlag, Academic Director of the Markets, Culture and Ethics Project at the Research Centre of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. In his lecture, “Christian Humanism from a Catholic Perspective,” Fr. Schlag drew upon the deep cultural legacy of the Catholic Church [...]

Torrance Kirby on the Sacramental Ontology of the English Reformers

On March 4th, Professor Torrance Kirby of McGill University delivered a wonderful lecture on the sacramental ontology of the English reformers in the middle of the sixteenth century. The issue of interest was the nature of the relationship between signum and res significata the sign and the thing signified in the Eucharist: How are we to understand [...]

Nicholas Wolterstorff on John Calvin’s Christian Humanism

Among the central claims of Christian humanism is the idea that the pursuit of knowledge in various disciplines (i.e. philosophy, history and the natural sciences) is valuable because it equips Christians with wisdom necessary for being shaped into the image of God as revealed in Christ. Indeed, the Christian God is believed to be wisdom [...]

Faith of Our Fathers: Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching (pt. 5)

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5. Logos and Reality After establishing his Trinitarian theological framework, Irenaeus offers what one may call a narrative catechism, walking the reader through all major biblical events from Genesis and the creation of human beings to Christ’s coming as the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel. To no one’s surprise, Irenaeus reads the scriptures Christologically [...]

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