Smith Prep is delighted to announce that Professor Louis Markos will be the speaker at our third annual Faith in the Public Square event, to be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 16th, at our Longwood campus.
Preparing our students to live faithfully and virtuously in the wider culture is one of our most important goals at Smith Prep. With that aim in mind, we held the inaugural Faith in the Public Square event in 2015. It was our desire to provide our students and families with the opportunity to hear and interact with a distinguished Christian scholar on the question of faithfulness in the midst of a secular culture. In 2015, Dr. Chad Brand spoke to us about the place of faith in the political arena. In 2016, we were honored to hear from the president of Reformation Bible College, Dr. Stephen Nichols, about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
This year’s speaker, Dr. Louis Markos, is the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities at Houston Baptist University, where he has taught courses in ancient, medieval, and modern literature. Dr. Markos has also written and taught extensively on the work of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
For his Faith in the Public Square lecture, Dr. Markos will be addressing the topic of his 2007 book, From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics. The work addresses a number of key questions that get at the heart of a classical, Christian vision for education. Here are some of those questions as Dr. Markos sees them:
Can the basic tenets and chief embodiments of both Christianity and humanism be combined in a way that will pay homage both to the glory of God and the dignity of man, the truths of Christ and the wisdom of the ancients? What business does a Christian have devoting time and energy to reading works written by pagans who lacked the light of the Christian, or even the Jewish, revelation? Are not all the really important answers to be found in the Bible and the Sacred Tradition? Have not the pagan writers of the ancient world been so superseded by Christianity as to be irrelevant as sources of wisdom in the life of the believer?
Please join us to hear from Dr. Markos about how we might approach such questions wisely and faithfully.
The evening will begin with a dinner at 6:30. Dinner will be followed by Dr. Markos’ lecture and a question and answer time. We encourage everyone to join us for dinner, but you may come for only the lecture. If you are planning to join us for any part of the evening, we would ask that you RSVP so that we can plan accordingly. Please call or email the office to let us know if you will be joining us.
While the evening is especially designed for Smith Prep students and families, we do welcome anyone from the community to join us. Please feel free to spread the word among your family, friends, and churches.