I just had an extremely stimulating day with the students, recent graduates, and friends of David Naugle at the 12th annual Paideia conference at Dallas Baptist University. There may not be anything else like it. Nearly 40 students read papers at this day and a half long event, and the ones that I attended were provocative and well done. Dave said his goal is to create a program that celebrates the life of the Christian mind–a sort of Kuyperian retreat in the deep south–and he has achieved it.
Here’s how good his program is. A couple participants questioned my use of Alvin Plantinga’s argument against naturalism in tonight’s lecture, and when we couldn’t reach consensus, we agreed that they could wait until Alvin himself comes next February and they can pursue the argument with him personally. Pretty cool, huh?
Dave has put the essence of what he is trying to accomplish at DBU in his recent book, “Reordered Loves, Reordered Lives,” which is essential reading for anyone looking to integrate the Christian worldview with the life of the mind and their daily walk with Christ. Dave is a premier Christian educator, and his transparency and practical advice in this book is enormously helpful, especially for college students and those who teach or minister to them. Highly recommended.