[PAST EVENT] Socratic Scripture: Dialectic as a Paradigm for Religious Rationality [Dr. Mark James]

April 26, 2023
12pm - 1pm
Wren Building, Room 204
111 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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Dr. Mark Randall James
Dr. Mark Randall James

Theologian, scholar of scriptural interpretation, and UVA doctoral alumni, Mark Randall James Ph.D. brings the following lecture to Wren 204!

Modern people tend to view religion as irrational because they treat science and math as the highest paradigms of rationality. James identifies a neglected alternative in the works of ancient Christian teachers and Jewish rabbis: the Socratic paradigm of dialectical rationality, which focuses on the clarification and criticism of fundamental beliefs and categories through dialogue. Rather than simply revealing information, Scripture can play the role of Socrates, provoking and guiding the examination of our deepest beliefs.