The Priority of Affection in Biblically-Informed Theology
Kent Sparks, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Eastern University
At the first faculty research colloquium, Dr. Kenton L. Sparks discussed the priority of love over doctrine in the Biblical narrative. Pointing to examples from Jesus’ own teachings and relying on contemporary cognitive psychology, Dr. Sparks argued that intuitive feelings are the primary foundation for the Christian life rather than rational thinking, though both are important for understanding and adjudicating between competing intuitions.
This event kicked off a new series of faculty research colloquia organized by the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good. The goal of these events is to create opportunities for members of the faculty to discuss their current research with one another and receive feedback. All members of the faculty at Eastern University are invited to participate.