Learning in the Lamblight

Langley, B.C.—Popular, relevant, and informative, Lamblight Lectures “help people think”. Each year the Geneva Society at Trinity Western University offers a series of free public lectures to the community, featuring prominent experts in art, history and philosophy from around the world. These experts tackle today’s social and cultural issues through a Christian lens.

“Christian theology has implications beyond the strictly theological context for all areas of life,” says Hans Boersma, Th.D., Lamblight Lecture organizer. “Academic life, and especially theology, must always have one leg in the community. It is this community that brings up the questions theology struggles with, and it is for the sake of this community that theologians do their work, ultimately.”

To help connect theology with the community, this year’s series of lectures will be illustrated. “Speakers will bring video clips, art work, film and anything else that will bring to ‘light’ the topic,” says Boersma.

The lectures try to reconcile the contemporary Christian lifestyle with long-standing theology. “I see this as people sharing the Light of the Lamb—as we see it in scripture and in the history of the Church—on contemporary developments.” Hence the title “Lamblight Lectures.”

This season’s series:

Thursday, October 9
Wayne Roosa - The Quiet Heresy: Biblical Themes in Contemporary Art
Wayne Roosa is a well-known art history teacher at Bethel College (St. Paul, MN). His work has focused on iconography and American art theory and criticism. In this lecture, he will explore how biblical themes have powerful currency in contemporary art.

Thursday, October 30 - James K.A. Smith
Faith in the Flesh in American Beauty: Christian Reflections on Film
Jamie Smith, whose background includes Pentecostal, Reformed, and Catholic elements, teaches philosophy at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI). Smith will discuss the Christian tradition and film. He addresses the question ‘How can film provide nourishment for the spirit-fed life?’.

Thursday, November 20
Laurel Gasque - The Bible of the Poor: An Example of Medieval Interpretation and Its Relevance Today
Laurel Gasque leads the faculty and graduate students ministry for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada. Laurel Gasque, will address two issues, ‘How do we read the Bible today?’ and ‘What have we lost with the rise of modernity? Discussion will include the medieval “Bible of the Poor” and art in the Western tradition.

Event: Lamblight Lectures
Dates: October 9, October 30 & November 20
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Northwest Auditorium of Trinity Western University (7600 Glover Road, Langley).
Cost: Free
Contact: Hans Boersma at 604-513-2121 (x3123)
e-mail: hansb@twu.ca; www.genevasociety.org
Sponsor: Geneva Society

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,200 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 other graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-13
Author: Keela Keeping