R. Jared Staudt
R. Jared Staudt, PhD serves as the Director of Formation for the Archdiocese of Denver and as Visiting Associate Professor at the Augustine Institute. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas and his doctorate in systematic theology from Ave Maria University. He is the author of the The Beer Option: Brewing a Catholic Culture Yesterday & Today, as well as the editor of The University and the Church; Don J. Briel's Essays on Education. He and his wife, Anne, have six children and he is a Benedictine oblate.
PRAISE for Restoring Humanity
Whether consciously or not, people make culture. It is the creative weave of human relations across places and times. In this collection of essays, Jared Staudt helps us engage this post-hopeful age of ours. He challenges us to be agents of an evangelization that offers the renewal of the Gospel, not simply as the private affair of a believer, but rather as a mission aimed at renewing how we relate to creation, family, society and our own creative interiority. In short, he points us toward renewing hope within the human weave.
—Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, Bishop of Brownsville, Texas
Jared Staudt is the kind of educational leader most needed by the Church and the world. As he demonstrates in these outstanding essays, he sees that the best hope for our families, schools, and culture lies not in innovation but in restoration. That is the work of true education: passing the wisdom of one generation to the next. Somehow that connection and continuity has been broken. Jared Staudt shows that by repairing that, we can fix a broken culture.
—Dale Ahlquist, President of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Since the Renaissance, political and social theorists have inflicted on mankind one scheme or another intended to order human experience even as they dismiss the central truth of human history: the Incarnation. We endure today the terrible effects of their countless failures, yet we continue to cast about for this politician or that legislation to right the foundering ship. Jared Staudt calls us away from so much destructive foolishness and outlines with an abundance of both erudition and charity the only plan for human life on this side of the veil. The vision works because its focus is on the other side, the only source of true renewal.
—Christopher Check, President of Catholic Answers
Restoring Humanity: Essays on the Evangelization of Culture, by R. Jared Staudt
Restoring Humanity weaves together a many-colored coat of cultural evangelization, centering on how the Christian faith renews all aspects of human life. The book lays out a vision of history and culture that flows from the Incarnation as a ground for a sacramental reality. In turn, the human person, who searches for tangible meaning, is torn by the tension between beauty and vanity, even as fallen humanity seeks redemption in the beauty of Christ. From these general principles, the book examines foundational elements of culture in the land, family life, and education. Land grounds the primordial cultural mission given to Adam and Eve and plays a crucial role in salvation history. The home serves as a central place to build a coherent Christian culture through familial prayer, work, leisure, and mission. Education builds upon the family’s primordial role by forming the mind in a coherent vision of life, as well as developing habits that will leaven the wider world. Finally, the Church seeks to renew all of society by restoring faith to its central and unifying role, which it accomplishes by engaging in the New Evangelization that St. John Paul II linked directly to the renewal of culture.