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Re-Envisioning Christian HumanismEducation and the Restoration of Humanity$
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Jens Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778783.001.0001

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Scripture in the Studium and the Rise of the Humanities

Scripture in the Studium and the Rise of the Humanities

(p.161) 8 Scripture in the Studium and the Rise of the Humanities
Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism

David Lyle Jeffrey

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the medieval understanding of liberal arts education as scholastics developed it on the basis of patristic humanism. A hallmark of this programme was the confidence that general learning, as exemplified in the best non-Christian sources from antiquity to the medieval present, was compatible with biblical revelation. The result of this deeply influential view in Western culture was that the Bible indeed became, as Northrop Frye put it, ‘the great code’ that underlies much of Western literature. In light of postmodern criticism of modern assumptions that also undergirded the ideology of secularism, this chapter argues for a recovery of the Bible as the underlying ‘ontological’ foundation that has informed the bulk of Western literary and scientific efforts, and without which any attempted recover of the liberal arts in our time would be rootless and thus, largely, fruitless.

Keywords:   Christian humanism, pastristics, Bible studies, secularism, liberal arts education

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