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with Jessica Hooten Wilson
December 15th, 8:00EST
“The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.”
― Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov is the greatest novel ever written; it plumbs the depths of the human soul and reveals to us what it means to be made in the image of God, to be imitators of Jesus Christ, to face the horrors of sin and evil in the world, and yet to choose redemptive love. We’ll walk through a few of the most famous scenes and passages, reading them aloud together, and answering the questions that prick our hearts.
December 15th, 8:00EST
One time learning event, via Zoom
Jessica Hooten Wilson
Jessica Hooten Wilson is the Visiting Scholar of Liberal Arts at Pepperdine University, and formerly the Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence at the University of Dallas. She is the author of several books, most recently The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints and Learning the Good Life: From the Great Hearts and Minds that Came Before. Giving the Devil his Due: Flannery O’Connor and The Brothers Karamazov, which received a 2018 Christianity Today book of the year in arts and culture award. In 2019 she received the Hiett Prize for Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. She is co-editor of the volume Solzhenitsyn and American Culture: The Russian Soul in the West, a collection of essays on the legacy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Other awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Prague, an NEH to study Dante in Florence, a Biola University sabbatical fellowship funded by the Templeton Foundation, and the 2017 Emerging Public Intellectual Award. In 2023, she will publish Reading for the Love of God, The Making of Flannery O’Connor’s Unfinished Novel, and a co-edited volume Who’s Afraid of the Liberal Arts?
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Temperance: The Virtue that Redeems Desire with Heidi White
“Not only is temperance beautiful in itself, it also renders men beautiful.”
― Josef PieperThe Four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance
A wise friend of mine defines sacrifice as giving up something we love for something we love more. But what good things are we willing to forego to attain what is better? And to what end? These are the question of the virtue of temperance, or the ability to limit desire within the boundaries of what is good. Such an endeavor can feel daunting and even irrelevant to the modern spirit, which is conditioned to cast off restraint and indulge our appetites. But temperance is not merely the virtue of duty, but of redeemed desire. In this talk, classical educator and literary podcaster Heidi White will draw from classical philosophy and Christian tradition to demonstrate that temperance is the true pathway to the fulfillment of our heart’s desires. Along the way, she will offer effective practices to instill the virtue of temperance in ourselves and our students.
Look for Heidi White’s upcoming book, The Divided Soul: Reuniting Duty and Desire in Literature and Life, in 2023!
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