Paul Helseth Selected for the 2016-17 NSA Lectureship
Things to be believed, things to be done: Everything New Saint Andrews teaches in our Christ-Centred Liberal Arts education revolves around these “two heads” as we seek to fulfill our mission to graduate leaders who shape culture through wise and victorious living. The New Saint Andrews lectureship is a strategic contribution to that vision as leading Christians in various fields are asked to give four lectures, over the course of the school year, to the whole college community on things to be believed and things to be done.
New Saint Andrews is delighted to announce that the Dr. Paul Helseth will be the second holder of the New Saint Andrews Lectureship, presenting four lectures on the subject of “The Congenial Mind.”
Dr. Helsth is a graduate of Wheaton College and the Wheaton College Graduate School and earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University. He is currently Professor of Christian Thought at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, where he has taught for seventeen years in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies. He is the author of “Right Reason” and the Princeton Mind: An Unorthodox Proposal (P&R 2010), co-author of Four Views on Divine Providence (Zondervan, 2011), and a contributing editor of Beyond the Bounds: Open Theism and the Undermining of Biblical Christianity (Crossway 2003) and Reclaiming the Center: Confronting Evangelical Accommodation in Postmodern Times (Crossway 2004). He is a member of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Minnetonka, MN, and he and his wife Marla have two young children, Margrethe Pearl and Benjamin Paul.
The Congenial Mind
Dr Helseth wiill address the basic relevance of Old Princeton’s understanding of “congeniality” to contemporary discussions of the life of the believing mind. Each lecture will explore an aspect of “the congenial mind” that is relevant to the calling of the Christian scholar. Among other things, the lectures will consider the relationship of the biblical doctrines of creation, fall, and redemption to Old Princeton’s understanding of “congeniality,” and they will suggest that the calling of the Christian scholar is not to integrate faith and learning, but to see that we live in a universe that has already been integrated by God.