Two days down, one day to go. (Actually, half-a-day since I’m writing this on Friday afternoon). Here are a few of the highlights from my second day at Acton University.
- Sleep. I hate to lead with this, but when you’re attending a conference, inadequate sleep is a killer. (Some papers are hard enough to sit through when you’re not tired.) So, I was pleased that I slept decently and didn’t have to fight staying awake all day. (Part of the day, but not all day.)
- Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching. I can’t say that I found the content of this course all that exciting. It was an entry-level course that I needed to take so I could take some classes later in the conference. But, Raymond de Souza is great. He always brings personality and energy to his lectures.
- Christianity and the Scottish Enlightenment. Samuel Gregg did an outstanding job walking us through the Scottish Enlightenment, how it differed from other Enlightenment movements, how the Church of Scotland helped set the stage for the Scottish Enlightenment, as well as how the Church of Scotland reacted to it. His depth of research and understanding of the period was impressive.
- Dinner. Once again, dinner was a highlight. I sat next to a doctoral student at West Virginia University who is researching the growth of the church in Appalachia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I hadn’t realized how much my understanding of the Appalachian church is caricature rather than reality. So, it was very good to hear about his research (especially because he was very enthusiastic about it all).