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Spotlight on the Liberal Arts


Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

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Scott Coley

Dr. Scott Coley has been with the Mount since 2014. This year he accepted a position as Lecturer in our Department of Philosophy. Dr. Coley earned his B.A. in Philosophy and English from UNC-Chapel Hill. He holds two M.A. degrees, one from Notre Dame and one from Purdue. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue as well. While at Purdue, he was an instructor as a graduate student. Dr. Coley specializes in ethics and epistemology. What Dr. Coley is looking forward to the most here at the Mount is "spending time with colleagues and students, and finding ways to improve as a teacher." He enjoys reading, hiking, and playing golf. Dr. Coley is excited about being part of the Mount Community!

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Dr. Joshua Brown earned his Ph.D. from the University of Dayton, his M.Div. from Campbell University Divinity School, and his B.S. in Religion from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC.

In 2016-2017, Dr. Brown served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of theology at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Brown specializes in comparative and systematic theology. His research focuses on articulating Catholic doctrine about the person and work of Jesus Christ in concepts taken from early Chinese philosophy, particularly Confucianism.

Dr. Brown is looking forward to getting to know the Mount students, and helping them get to know the amazing worlds of the Catholic and Chinese intellectual traditions.

Dr. Brown lives in Emmitsburg with his wife Jamie and their two sons, Elliot and Emmett. Jamie works with Residential Life here on campus. Aside from enjoying time with his family, Dr. Brown enjoys discussing Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, finding “food gems” in the surrounding area, and watching Arsenal FC!

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One of the most fascinating books read by Mount faculty members that has caught the interest of many is Dr. Brad S. Gregory’s (University Notre Dame) book The Unintended Reformation. During the past fall semester, thirty-four members of the Mount faculty participated enthusiastically in three reading groups facilitated by theologians David Cloutier and David McCarthy, and historian Charles Strauss. The members make up approximately 1/3 of the faculty, and participants came from all four of the university’s colleges as well as the seminary. The reading groups have met four to five times each to actively discuss the points brought about from the book, the implications it has on Catholic universities, and interpretations of Dr. Gregory’s message.

On Friday, April 25th, the author of the book Dr. Gregory will be visiting the Mount to give a public lecture at 3:00 PM, followed by a faculty seminar at 5:00 PM. During the faculty seminar, two Mount professors, Dr. Jamie Gianoutsos and Dr. Paige Hochschild, will have the floor to each give a prepared response to Dr. Brad Gregory about the book. Following the responses, Dr. Gregory will respond to the comments. Afterwards, Dr. Cloutier will facilitate questions and answers, as well as general discussion, between the reading groups, respondents, and author.

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The book is described as the following:

In a work that is as much about the present as the past, Dr. Gregory identifies the unintended consequences of the Protestant Reformation and traces the way it shaped the modern condition over the course of the following five centuries. A hyperpluralism of religious and secular beliefs, an absence of any substantive common good, the triumph of capitalism and its driver, consumerism—all these, Gregory argues, were long-term effects of a movement that marked the end of more than a millennium during which Christianity provided a framework for shared intellectual, social, and moral life in the West.

 
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