Fall Seminar II:  What Does It Mean to be Human?

Fall Seminar II: What Does It Mean to be Human?

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Registration closes Friday, October 7th.

Note:  Register for Fall Seminar I and Fall Seminar II at the same time and save $100. Email us at hello@forgottenlighthouse.com to request the discount code.

(Registration assumes one participant per registration. For group discounts or private group seminars, please contact us hello@forgottenlighthouse.com.)

Seminar Description:

There is no doubt that our culture is at a flash point related to the question of what

it means to be a human, and by extension, what it means to be male and female. Are humans merely material, biological realities? Are they rational animals? Is the body good? Are humans really just social constructions? Is gender fluid? These and many more questions are presented to our children through our culture every day, and most of the public Christian responses are woefully inadequate. Yet, for Christians, every human question is ultimately a Christological question that is connected directly to the person of Christ, and every deviation from the truth of our humanity is tied to a rejection of the person of Jesus Christ. As such, it is vital that we have a clear, positive vision for our children deeply rooted in the teachings of the Patristic tradition which is so rich in its teaching on humanity. Nevertheless, understanding not only the positive vision but also the negative vision within a culture of change is of great importance for our children and so this seminar will also consider the departure of the West from the Patristic tradition as witnessed to through the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, Feminism, and into Post-modernity through the reading of important historical texts.

In light of the question of what it means to be human, this seminar will serve three primary purposes in no particular order:

  1. To present in a careful and thoughtful way the teaching of the Orthodox tradition on the question of what it means to be a human.
  2. To offer a paradigm by which to teach our children the development of the rejection of the teaching of the Church Fathers on humanity as found in the western tradition’s deviations and distortions on this important question, so our children can be strengthened in identifying and rejecting these deviations and distortions within the culture today.
  3. To form the instructor pedagogically by modeling a traditional Christian paideia throughout the duration of the seminar.

(Icon by Vladimir Grygorenko.)

    Seminar Expectations:  

    All course materials and assignments are included in the cost of the course. In addition, feedback will be provided on submitted assignments and is a unique and important part of the seminar. Preparation time by participants for each session is approximately 1-2 hrs. Recordings of the sessions for reference use will be provided for the duration of the course, will not be posted for public viewing, and will be available up to one week after the completion of the seminar.

    Instructor: Dr. Mark Tarpley (Click here for biographical information.)

    Dates and Time:  Five 1.5 hr. sessions on Zoom.

    10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/6, and 11/14 (8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CDT)

    Cost:  $275

    *Minimum and maximum registrants:  7 - 10 (Please note:  Seven registrants are required in order for the seminar to make.)

    Reviews by Previous Participants:

    "... Dr. Tarpley’s approach has potential to end the longstanding Western modern captivity of Orthodox education and empower truly Christian education to flourish for the benefit of individual souls, the Church, and society."

    "Dr. Tarpley has a message for modern Christian education that everyone needs to hear! He was able to clarify the hunch that many Christian educators have today: There is a big problem with modern education and it is not compatible with a Christian worldview. Dr. Tarpley aptly clarifies and defines this suspicion, giving educators a clear alternative."