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Dr. Mitchell to Deliver Fall Faith & Reason Lecture

September 15th, 2009

By Sarah Pride

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 338-8727

Dr. Mitchell in a panel discussion during the Spring 09 Faith & Reason lecture

An individual's underlying sense of gratitude or ingratitude greatly impacts the way one will engage politics, religion, nature, and education. So says Dr. Mark Mitchell, Director of the Government: Political Theory track at Patrick Henry College, who will deliver this semester’s Faith and Reason lecture, Friday the 18th of September.

During his recent, year-long sabbatical at Princeton University, as part of the James Madison Research Fellowship, Dr. Mitchell researched and wrote a book on the theme of gratitude, highlighting its intrinsic connection to genuine conservatism. He will expound on the topic as the entire PHC community takes a break from its regular routine for a day of focused discourse and reflection. All classes will be cancelled that day, enabling students and faculty to fully engage in the overarching discussion.

This semester, all participants will gather in the new Barbara Hodel Center gymnasium for the morning lecture at 9:30 a.m., breaking for lunch and small group discussions with their Christian Study Groups. The conversation will re-convene in the afternoon for a panel discussion and Q&A session with Dr. Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Government Dr. Roberta Bayer, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Matthew Roberts, with Provost Dr. Gene Edward Veith moderating.

Faith and Reason lecture days, birthed at PHC in 2005, represent “Christian thought at the highest level,” according to Dr. Veith. The complementary concepts of faith and reason “represent two facets of our one, God-given ability to know the nature of reality,” observes PHC President Dr. Graham Walker.

“The data given us by God's revelation in the Bible, and the data given us by empirical inquiry and logic, mutually reinforce one another,” he adds. “Put it this way: the facts are always on God’s side.”

“[Faith and Reason day] is an emblem of what PHC stands for,” notes Veith, “and it is always a highlight of the semester.”



Faith & Reason Festival
Schedule of Events
September 18, 2009

Grateful Creatures, Ungrateful Gods
Mark T. Mitchell

What is gratitude? To whom do we owe it? Are there political and social implications when a society is characterized by ingratitude? This lecture will consider the ways that an underlying sense of gratitude affects how we approach politics, how we behave ourselves in relation to the natural world, and how we conceive of education.

9:30-10:45 – Faith & Reason Lecture (Barbara Hodel Center gymnasium)
11:00-11:45 – Group 1 Lunch/Group 2 Study Groups (Dining Hall/regular CSG location) *
12:00-12:45 – Group 2 Lunch/Group 1 Study Groups (Dining Hall/regular CSG location) *
1:00-2:30 – Panel Discussion, Q & A (Barbara Hodel Center gymnasium)

*Group 1 (by Christian Study Group Leader):   Corbitt & L. McCollum [meet in FH Board Room], Thornhill, Baskerville, Bayer, Cox, Guliuzza, Hake, Haynes, Kucks, Libby, those unaffiliated with a CSG with last names A-M

*Group 2 (by Christian Study Group Leader):  McRoberts, Mitchell,  S. McCollum, Roberts, Sillars, Tallmon, Van Doodewaard, Veith, Good, Pensgard, Russell, those unaffiliated with a CSG with last names N-Z.