Let’s Destroy Some gods

How can Christianity triumph in the 21st century as strongly as it did in the first century?

Ross Douthat of The New York Times; Mary Rice Hasson of the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and author Robert Louis Wilken of the University of Virginia have a few ideas.

They are the keynotes at the March 20-21 Benedictine College Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization, sponsored by the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. This year’s theme is “Destroyer of the gods: Christian Culture vs. the Idols of Secularism.”

The title is taken from Dr. Larry Hurtado’s book about how Christianity was the first religion to successfully unseat the pagan gods that ruled the minds and hearts of people for millennia.

As an incredible line-up of speakers pointed out at our last Symposium, one of today’s idols is technology which monopolizes our time and steals away our children. It comes between mother and daughter, husband and wife — and even invades our churches.

But there are many more secular idols that hold our world in thrall.

The question of how to destroy these false gods is not just an academic one. Benedictine College is convening groups of experts to plan ways the school’s Catholic mission can Transform Culture in America.

For more information and to register, click here.

Keep track of both the symposium and the college’s plans at TheGregorian.org online.

For those who would like to present at the Symposium, the Call for Abstracts is open here.

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.