Narnian Virtues and Character Education
Prof Mark Pike PhD (Head of the School of Education, at the University of Leeds, UK) is Director of the Narnian Virtues Character Education Research Project (funded by a £1.1M grant from the John Templeton Foundation) which helps 11-14 year olds (with their parents, teachers and school leaders) cultivate the ‘Narnian’ virtues of love, wisdom, justice, integrity, self-control and fortitude in response to three of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia novels. Mark will talk about the project, invite you to participate in the international trial (curriculum materials freely available) and share about his recent book Mere Education – C S Lewis as Teacher for Our Time (The Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, UK).
This event is cosponsored by ISR and The School of Education at Baylor University.
World War I Symposium:
In April 1917, after passionate debate, the United States joined the First World War on the side of the Allied Powers. This decision was taken amidst fervent religious and patriotic rhetoric, and widespread confidence in the justice of the Allied cause. But the realities of war forced the country to revise its early optimism, so that later generations came to wonder whether American participation had been necessary or justified.
This seminar brings together scholars who will discuss aspects of the American wartime experience. In particular, they will describe the debates over the justice of the war effort, and the whole concept of Christian warfare.
10:30 am Philip Jenkins lecture – “Merchants of Death and Dreams of Peace: How Americans Came to Condemn the Great War”
Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University, and the author of The Great and Holy War (2014)
2:00 pm Barry Hankins lecture – “From Westminster to Versailles: Woodrow Wilson in the Aftermath of WWI”
Barry Hankins is history professor and chair of the department of history, Baylor University, and the author of Woodrow Wilson: Ruling Elder, Spiritual President (2016).
3:30 pm Jonathan Ebel lecture – “Thou Shalt Kill: American Christians, European Weapons, and the Sanctification of Killing in the Great War”
Jonathan H. Ebel is associate professor of religion at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Solider in the Great War (Princeton, 2010) and G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion (Yale, 2015). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
During the early 1970s, evangelicals shared a vision of social concern but debated its practical consequences. For many, the social encompassed politics and the Nixon/ McGovern presidential race mobilized evangelical political activists. The Watergate Affair shattered the hopes of Nixon supporters and seemed to prove true his opponents’ worst fears. Yet it also threatened to stymy evangelical approaches to politics. Evangelical magazines of the time provide a window on the positioning of evangelicals on politics and the reinvention of a Christian approach to politics after crisis.
Anja-Maria Bassimir is historian and religious studies scholar specializing in the religious history of the United States at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germany.