During the Advent season of our anniversary year, two seasoned professors will reflect on the evolving place of religion in education. They will share their experience teaching material with religious content to different bodies of students.
On Sunday December 4 Rev. Dr. Gordon Graham will present Fact and Fiction in the Bible. Can we learn from fiction as well as fact? If so, how? This is a topic that philosophers have often discussed, sometimes intensively. It takes on special interest when we turn to the Bible, because claims about its historicity have dominated the issue of its authority. In this talk, insights from the philosophy of literature will be used to throw new light on the question of truth in the Bible. Gordon Graham is currently the Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to taking this post in 2006, he taught philosophy in Scotland at the University of St Andrews from 1975-95, and at the University of Aberdeen from 1996-2006. He has published on a wide range of philosophical topics relating to art, education, ethics, politics, religion, and technology. Graham is also a Trustee of Soko Fund which promotes the education of women in Malawi, and a founding Trustee of the Friends of the Soko Fund.
On Sunday December 11, Professor William Hood will present Religious Art for the Irreligious Art-Lover, a reflection on his several decades teaching art with religious content at Oberlin College. William Hood taught art history at Oberlin College from 1974 through 2007, where he held the endowed Mildred C. Jay professorship in art history. He is currently teaching art history seminars at the New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, where he did his doctoral studies. His research interests center around Italian Renaissance art, as well as the art of 17th and 18th century France, Italy, and Spain. He has published on a variety of subjects in Renaissance and Baroque art. His most famous publication is the award-winning Fra Angelico at San Marco.