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“Left Unsaid”: The Secret to the Longevity of our Constitution

“Left Unsaid”: The Secret to the Longevity of our Constitution

July 4, 2016

Dr. Kenneth Mott, Professor of Political Science, Gettysburg College; author of “The Supreme Court and the Living Constitution” takes us on a tour of the U.S. Constitution.  In addition to a structure and a process for an American government, the Constitution assumes a distinction between permanent principles and occasional demands, between the “permanent” will of the people and the “whim” of frequent change. Thus what is left unsaid is the key to the endurance of the Constitution. The role of the Supreme Court becomes critical in keeping this dialogue alive and well.
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A Masterwork of Doubting Belief: R.S. Thomas and His Poetry

A Masterwork of Doubting Belief: R.S. Thomas and His Poetry

April 25, 2016

When it comes to poet/priests, R.S. Thomas is about as good as it gets. This Seminary Explores conversation includes insight into his relevance and the brilliant tensions in his work by John McEllhenney, author of A Masterwork of Doubting Belief: R.S. Thomas and His Poetry.

For more information on the R.S. Thomas Literary Festival visit: http://www.st-hywyn.org.uk/rst.html

Health Care Ethics in the Finnish Context

Health Care Ethics in the Finnish Context

April 11, 2016

In this episode, Pastor Karoliina Nikula discusses the larger field of Bio-Ethics, using the specific example of cochlear implants in Finland.

Genetics, Immunology and Microscopic Worms:  The Natural Curiosity of a Scientist

Genetics, Immunology and Microscopic Worms: The Natural Curiosity of a Scientist

March 14, 2016

In this episode, a part of our ongoing series about Science for Seminaries, geneticist Dr. Jennifer Powell describes her work and the importance of genetics for understanding life.

Looking into the Heavens with an Astrophysicist

Looking into the Heavens with an Astrophysicist

February 29, 2016

Astrophysicist Dr. Craig Foltz makes physics come alive in this engaging discussion of the origins of time, how telescopes work, and what it all means for our knowledge of the world and ourselves. 

Better Living through Chemistry

Better Living through Chemistry

February 15, 2016

As part of our Science for Seminaries series, Dr. Michael Wedlock explains what chemistry is, why it was once called the “central science,” and most importantly, how it helps us better understand and appreciate the world.

The Ten Top Stories in Religion 2015

The Ten Top Stories in Religion 2015

January 18, 2016

Dr. Vincent Evener, Visiting Instructor in Reformation and Lutheran Studies at the Gettysburg Seminary discusses his choice of the ten top stories/events in religion for 2015. These include: The visit of Pope Francis, the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, issues of violence in particular the A.M.E. church killings in Charleston, South Carolina and terrorism, and immigration. He highlighted his concern for cooperation, openness, constructive endeavors to counter the rhetoric of suspicion and hate.

Physics:  What it is and why it matters (The Big Bang Theory, String Theory, and God)

Physics: What it is and why it matters (The Big Bang Theory, String Theory, and God)

January 4, 2016

Continuing our focus on “Science in the Seminary” this year, in this episode, Dr. Stephenson offers a basic description of physics and the kinds of things physics teaches us about the world.   Then moving into some specific theories about creation, the universe and how it all matters to our understanding of God.

Geology, Climate Change & Life Today

Geology, Climate Change & Life Today

December 21, 2015

Dr. Principato describes with clarity and precision the importance of geology for understanding our world, and the current state of the climate.  She is informative, interesting, and compelling!

Syria is Serious Business

Syria is Serious Business

December 4, 2015

Dennis F. Carter, Career Foreign Service Officer, Department of State addresses several important questions: How is the U.S. and the United Nations handling the refugee crisis? Is there reason to fear the influx of Syrian refugees?  What religious ideology drives Isis to detest the “secular state”?  Why does Russia support the Assad regime?