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pedagogy, Augustine, Confessions, holistic education, philosophy, general education program, Dordt College


Presenters explain how in their CORE philosophy class they seek to demonstrate that their students' real life-spiritual life distinction is symptomatic of a dualism endemic to contemporary Christianity (section 1), and that their reading of Augustine's Confessions can provide a unified and holistic corrective to it (section 2) and that doing so helps students see a more radical vision of Christian faithfulness, one that calls for a holistic, life-wide response to the work of Christ that will not allow for an easy distinction between ‘spiritual’ life and everyday life (section 3).


Paper presented at the "Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition, 2014 Conference: Augustine Across the Curriculum" conference held on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, October 2-4, 2014.