Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas, chairman of Christendom’s theology department, will deliver a new series of lectures for the Institute of Catholic Culture (ICC), titled “Returning to Paradise: The Exodus Narrative as Icon of Restoration.” The series, being offered on Tuesday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 27, will be available virtually, giving people around the world the opportunity to experience a taste of what Christendom students experience in the classroom.

The lectures mark the first Tsakanikas will be delivering for the ICC, as he follows in the footsteps of other Christendom faculty members that have taught for the Institute, including College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell and philosophy professor Dr. John Cuddeback.

Tsakanikas’ two-part series is inspired by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, and will analyze the first three chapters of Genesis in light of the liturgy established by God and Moses at Mount Sinai detailed in Exodus and Leviticus. In accord with St. Gregory Nazianzen, the series will explain that men were meant to eventually eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and partake in the Tree of Life.

Tsakanikas is Chair of the Department of Theology at Christendom. He received his doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of the Lateran’s John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family in Rome. He was the Director of the Institute for Religious Studies at Benedictine College and has taught at Saint Meinrad Seminary’s Permanent Diaconate Program and Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. He has a forthcoming academic article on a canonical exegesis of Genesis, particularly Adam through Abraham. Tsakanikas lives with his family in Front Royal, Virginia.

For more information on how to register for the events, please visit here.

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