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  • Professors as Purveyors of Wonder - Part 2

    In my previous post, we discussed the nature of wonder. I argued that wonder propels us on our journey toward truth, and ultimately to the source of truth, which is God. This understanding of wonder has profound implications for us as university professors. We’re already moved by wonder (or at least we once were), and as educators, we can be used by God to awaken in othe...   More

  • Professors as Purveyors of Wonder - Part 1

    By Dr. Paul Gould

    The ancient philosophers thought the human impulse to seek understanding begins in wonder. We look at the world before us and it stirs within us a desire to know: first the truth about the moon, or stars, or humans, or ants, and second, we begin to wonder about the meaning behind it all, and the source of it all. Wonder is a distinctly human capacity, it is the “hallmark of our species and the central feature of the human spirit.&rd...   More

  • The Suffering Professor - part 2

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    In my last post, I shared two books on suffering that have been meaningful to me. Gerald Sittser’s A Grace Disguised and Jack Deere’s Even in Our Darkness have encouraged me to persevere through suffering. God is an ever-present reality who lovingly sustains us through pain. In this post, I add two more books, written...   More

  • The Suffering Professor - part 1

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    As a philosophy professor, one of my bread and butter subjects is the problem of evil. Why would a good and powerful God allow pain and suffering? For years, I’ve walked students through the philosophical answers to this question and questions like it. A typical answer I give (and still believe) goes like this: God values our freedom. As free creatures, we have the ability to be self-determiners of our actions, our character, and...   More

  • On the Reading of Old Books - part 2

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    Reading books help me see reality through another’s eyes. As C. S. Lewis aptly put it, “in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with myriad eyes, but it is still I who see.” [1]  In my last post, I shared three books from the Ancient World that have helped me understand the contemporary world. In this post, I want to share three more,...   More

  • On the Reading of Old Books - part 1

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    As an academic, I constantly worry that I’m falling behind. New essays within my area of specialty are published quarterly in all the leading philosophy journals. There’s no way I can keep up. Even if I were current, that status would evaporate with the beginning of a new semester and the subsequent demands of teaching. The desire to be current—an unachievable yet every-present desire—biases me against old books...   More

  • The Good, The Good Life, and the Good Professor

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    In my last post, I suggested that a good professor is one who joins with God in the task of making fully functioning humans as part of her role within the university. This led directly to the question: what does human flourishing look like? The answer comes in three parts. Human flourishing has an individual, social, and teleological component...   More

  • The Good Professor

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    We’ve been making our way through the three great transcendentals: truth, beauty, and now, goodness. We saw that truth obtains when we stand in a right relationship to ideas, and ultimately, in right relationship with the person Jesus. We noted how beauty awakens longing and sets us on a journey to God. But what about goodness? Perhaps unsurprisingly, like truth and beauty, we can only understand goodness in relation to...   More

  • The Power of Beauty

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    In our last post, we considered the nature of beauty. We noted that it is objective—part of the furniture of the world—and essential to a life of flourishing. We suggested that we should seek it and incorporate it into our lives as followers of Christ and as academics. We worship a beautiful God. We can live beautiful lives. And...   More

  • The Nature of Beauty

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    On October 5, 2018, the iconoclastic anti-establishment artist Bansky shocked the art world by destroying his Girl With Balloon print as the auctioneer’s gavel pounded the podium at Sotheby’s. Sold for $1.4 million pounds, onlookers watched with shock, awe, and confusion as the print was sliced into strips by a shredder hidden in the work’s frame. Sotheby was quick to spin the prank:

    Banksy has a histor...   More

  • Teaching and our Posture toward Truth

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    What is our posture on truth?

    In my last post, we examined the nature of truth. Truth is objective. Truth is discoverable. We also saw that we can stand in right relationships to both propositions (knowledge that) and persons (knowledge of). For example, we can know truly things about God and we can also know God...   More

  • Teaching that Nourishes the Soul: Truth

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    God created us to be nourished on goodness, truth, and beauty. Truth sets us free. Goodness makes us whole. Beauty calls us home. Each of these transcendentals (as they are called by philosophers) find their source in Jesus. All truths discovered, all knowledge gained, point to Jesus. Jesus is the good in all good things and the beauty of all beautiful things. Part of our job as Christian professors is to serve as guides on the human q...   More

  • Introducing Dr. Paul Gould

    RC Prof is excited to announce that Dr. Paul Gould is coming onboard as the Associate Director of RC Prof. Paul is a scholar, philosopher, apologist, and a person passionate about the life of the mind and encouraging professors to become missional. With a Masters from Talbot, a Ph.D. from Purdue University, and several years of experience with CRU, Paul will be a great addition to the team!

     

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  • Book Review: A Grander Story

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    A Grander Story: An Invitation to Christian Professors

    Two CRU Faculty Commons staff members (Rick Hove and Heather Holleman) and a half-dozen dedicated Christian faculty members at secular universities have teamed up to create an incredibly engaging and helpful resource for all Christian...   More