Beauty has been defined as the place where nature and grace meet. We live in a world designed to balance the timely (nature) with the timeless (grace). To be fully educated, students need to be trained in the Trivium, where they explore the timelessness of word study, and the in the Quadrivium, where they explore the timeliness of real space.
The four liberal arts of the Quadrivium equip mankind to live in harmony rather than in discord with Creation. The Mandala Fellowship is a step toward making the Quadrivium accessible to all as we train students to disciple others to love learning.
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1. Why Mandala? Mandala is a very old Sanskrit word that means the convergence of complexity with unity. Students of the quadrivium naturally seek out mandala. This mathematical concept converges with beauty in the form of kaleidoscopes, rose windows in cathedrals, Japanese peace gardens, and Buddhist temple carpets, as well as the dance of the planets and the bloom of each flower. It is an idea that is expressed in Romans 1, when we are told mankind is without excuse in denying our Lord as Creator because all faiths in all times have recognized the mystery of beauty and order even if they choose to worship chaos and chance.
2. Are these pagan traditions? Harmony and astronomy have been usurped by chaos and astrology. Some of the topics we cover may seem like an embrace of pagan traditions. On the contrary, as Christians, we refuse to let secularists contort the study of creation for their own means. Events like the summer and winter solstice, and ideas like statistical analysis are neither neutral nor pagan. They were given to us, not to be worshipped, but to glorify their Creator. We are only discoverers of the way creation works.
3. What about political correctness? Political correctness has infiltrated even Christian academic institutions. In the Mandala Fellowship, we refuse to operate out of fear. Our students will discuss mysteries as well as answers. We will cover difficult issues with prayer, demonstrating benevolence toward our opponents when engaged in open debate. Our goal is to understand the beauty and harmony God has built into the universe through the language o f mathematics and harmony. We have been given dominion over His creation. As we explore His universe for the love of Truth, we will uncover a new appreciation for our stewardship. Maybe we wi
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.