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Goodness: Beyond Beneficial

Concordia University’s Enduring Questions & Ideas (Q&I) curriculum looks at the big questions of life through the context of the liberal arts and in the foundation of a Christian understanding of the world. The questions of “What is good?”, “What is true?”, and “What is beautiful?” are at the heart of the first year Q&I courses that students take in Core Biology, Core Theology, Core Philosophy, and, my subject area, Core Mathematics.

Of those three questions, the one that seems to be the most difficult for students to grasp (and for faculty to teach towards) is the question of goodness. Continue reading Goodness: Beyond Beneficial

Crossing the Threshold with Three Words of Wisdom

Macbeth at the Battle of Dunsinane by John Martin
Macbeth at the Battle of Dunsinane by John Martin

Good afternoon. Thank you President Krueger, Trustees and Regents, my friends and colleagues the Concordia faculty and staff, our university family and friends, and you, the class of 2017—thank you for the opportunity to share some words of encouragement on this beautiful day. A very important day for you, in particular, a threshold moment.

Earlier this semester, before I received the invitation to deliver this address, I began a new line of research focusing on the metaphysical importance of thresholds in William Shakespeare’s plays, particularly in Macbeth. Macbeth, like many of Shakespeare’s great tragic characters, has a moment of clarity before he makes a very bad decision that sends his life into a tragic spiral. Continue reading Crossing the Threshold with Three Words of Wisdom