Play & Wisdom: Liturgy and the Liberal Arts

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It is commonplace today to lament the commodification of education, particularly in the liberal arts. More than ever, it seems, politicians, social critics, parents, students, administrators, and even professors see education as a means to an end. Unfortunately, such a view of education not only restricts its scope, but also stifles the human spirit. In this lecture, Dr. McInerny will present an alternative view of the liberal arts as rooted in a theological account of play. Understood as those acts that are ends in themselves, play is a fundamental aspect of human existence. It reflects our status as being made in the image of God. But, how can we put such a strange vision of education into practice? Ultimately, it is the spirit of Benedictine liturgical practice that provides the key.

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