Cogito Reading Groups
The Brothers Karamazov
Read Dostoevsky’s classic book with Dr. Adam Blincoe, Honors Faculty Scholar at Longwood University. According to Dr. Blincoe, The Brothers Karamazov treats themes of great substance with even greater profundity: sin, suffering, forgiveness, mercy, religious commitment, the problem of evil, atheism, the rationality of belief, the power of love in the face of suffering, and the nature of good and evil, but (in the words of the translator) above all it is a book about joy. The group meets Wednesdays at either 10am or 4pm (there are two options) in the honors lounge on the first floor of Stevens Hall on Longwood’s campus. For more details, contact Dr. Blincoe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just War Theory
This study group seeks to systematically explore many of the big questions of faith and life, such as:
- Do faith and reason conflict?
- Does God exist?
- Was Jesus more than a man?
- Are the claims of Christianity arrogant?
- What about the problem of evil?
- And the perennial question, if you were a brain in a vat, could you know?
This study begins in the spring and meets one hour a week. WARNING: this study is not for the faint-hearted. However, it is open to big thinkers of all (or no) faith positions, and is truly a discussion group. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, for those who like this sort of thing, it is just the kind of study they would love! Because of the systematic, cumulative and challenging nature of this discussion, it is closed after the first few sessions.