(Orthodox Arts Journal) - The Climacus Conference is a classical Christian intellectual/spiritual event featuring scholars and voices across the fields of Theology, Philosophy, Classical Education, Literature, and History/Politics. It is unique in that it provides an opportunity for attendees to be enriched by thinking well across disciplines.
In it’s fifth annual installment, the Climacus Conference will continue in its endeavor to “develop the life of the mind through scholarly engagement with the classic liberal arts,” approaching this by means of the Greek Patristic understanding of the nous, the mind of the heart, enabling our ascension “of the ladder” (κλίμακος/climacus), as inspired by St. John Climacus and his Ladder of Divine Ascent. This year, the theme of the conference is beauty – namely in how we define it, the aesthetics of beautiful things, and the practice of that aesthetic, the “redemptive and salvific role of beauty in our lives.”
This year’s conference boasts nine lecturers giving sixteen lectures. Among these is the founder of the Orthodox Arts Journal, Andrew Gould. The conference in very reasonably priced and should be of great interest to anyone interested in beauty, beautiful things, and the effects of beauty on our lives. Andrew will be speaking from his experience as an architect and liturgical artist whose designs “marry medieval Orthodox architecture with sympathetic influences from American building traditions.”