Out of Revolution: Exploring the Theology of History
Richard Bledsoe and Peter J. Leithart with special guest James B. Jordan
May 16 - May 20
Pentecost Term

Over two years, the world has been shocked by a series of moral panics.

In response to COVID-19, liberal societies drastically curtailed freedom of movement, assembly, and worship. After the death of George Floyd, cities around the world were rocked by months of protests and riots. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatens to unravel the world order.

It’s nothing new. History has always been full of war and rumors of war, earthquakes and flood, sword, famine, and pestilence, rising and collapsing regimes.

To all appearances, history seems to be a meaningless flow and flux, a charnel house, a single catastrophe piling wreckage upon wreckage, or, as Henry Ford pithily put it, just one damned thing after another.

Christians are convinced otherwise. We believe God orchestrates and rules all things for His purposes. But how do we make sense of history? Can we locate the thread that makes it coherent?

In this course, Rev. Richard Bledsoe and Peter J. Leithart will explore these questions, using the work of two great thinkers – Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy and Augustine of Hippo.

Bledsoe will lecture on Rosenstock-Huessy’s Out of Revolution, which examines the seven great Revolutions that have shaped Western Man for the last 1000 years. It has been called a “prophetic” book that leaves the reader with “a feeling akin to Revelation.”

Leithart will lecture on selected portions of the first great Christian account of history, Augustine’s City of God.

Join us during the week of May 16-20 as we look for the divine melody in the tumult of history

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*This requirement was added in July 2016. For those who entered the Certificate Program earlier than that date, the oral examination is voluntary.

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