This month has been a busy, yet exciting, one for us here at the ICC! We began October with a challenging presentation by Dr. John Cuddeback where he examined our modern culture’s attachment to technology in Tied to Tech? Overcoming the Technological Paradigm in Christ. Dr. Cuddeback provided us with practical ways to ensure that we are in control of our technology, rather than our technology controlling and enslaving us.
A couple of days later, Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo gave a webinar on how to get the most out of our reading of Sacred Scripture in Reading the Scripture for All It’s Worth. In it, he provided valuable resources for diving into the Word of God, while not getting lost amidst the many seas of false interpretation. Rather, guided by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Jean Danielou, Joseph Ratzinger, and others, he showed that the only fruitful way of reading Scripture is from the heart of the Church—that is, within the living tradition found in the sacred liturgy, the biblical interpretation of the Fathers of the Church, and in union with Magisterial teachings.
Closing out our summer schedule, we had the eminent Robert Reilly lecture on the little known, but very important, work of the philosopher Josef Pieper, Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power. As God’s providence had it, the lecture was given on the night of the presidential debate, allowing participants to be on guard against the kind of rhetoric that exists for the purpose of gaining and abusing power. The beauty of Reilly’s lecture, however, was that he went beyond politics and examined the way in which language is abused broadly in our media today. It was an eye-opening lecture that could be listened to over and over again, each time allowing for greater profit.
These three lectures only covered the first week of October! So what have we been doing the rest of the time? Working hard to bring you the best Catholic liberal arts education around—all entirely free of charge! We have added new features to our website and App to make it easier to stay logged on so that you can more easily access the entirety of our library at any time. We have also added new audio to Indulgences, Relics, and Rome: The Catholic Church and the Protestant Revolution, Principles of Liberty: A Study of the Magna Carta, The Crusades: At War for God, and Controlling the Kingdom: The Battle of Hastings and the Future of England. And we are working on adding more in the near future.
We kick off our new curriculum and fall schedule with Robert Reilly lecturing on Divine Madness: Plato Against Secular Humanism, based on another work of Josef Pieper. Then, on the feast of Christ the King, Christendom College’s President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell will lecture on the history and importance of this feast for us today in Christ the King: Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat. After that, we have Dr. Brendan McGuire, professor of history at Christendom College, helping us enter more deeply into the Advent season in expectation for the birth of Our Lord through his lecture God of Gods: Julius Caesar & the Advent of Christ. You can see the rest of our fall schedule here.
We look forward to studying with you again in November. Until then, may God continue to bless you!