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Sweetman, Bob--Exaugural lecture
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Abstract"I am living proof that some very unlikely souls come into their own in the academy. I came into the world as an RH-factor baby in Tokyo, Japan at a time when that was still a life-or-death thing. At a certain point in my first week my body shut down. It took a while for the nurses to catch this and call in the doctors. It took a little while longer to restart my heart, and then longer to find blood donors, on the off chance . . . I am grateful for off chances."
CitationSweetman, Robert. "(Abschiedsrede): 'My Brilliant Career'." (Exaugural address delivered to the Annual Convocation of the Institute for Christian Studies, May 26, 2023, St. Joseph Chapel, Regis College)
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Faithful Thinking and World Orientation: Augustine, Aquinas, Dooyeweerd, OlthuisSweetman, Robert; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2015-01)This course is designed to examine four examples of Christian thinking about God, self and world within a religiously heterogeneous imaginative and thought world. The effort to think integrally within and about such a world is a throughline to be followed from any point in the ongoing tradition of Christian thought. The character of the world changes inexorably but its religious heterogeneity both imaginatively and conceptually is reaffirmed in and through all such changes. What it means to think in accord with one's faith, to think faithfully, then, will change as the world in which such thinking takes place changes, but the task of negotiating faithfulness in the context of imaginative and conceptual heterogeneity continues to challenge, bless and curse by turns. Augustine, Aquinas, Dooyeweerd and Olthuis illustrate both the challenge and opportunity of such an enterprise within the context of ancient Roman, high medieval, high modern and postmodern imaginative and conceptual contexts, respectively.