Students of Herbert W. Armstrong College gathered on August 17, 2014 in an orientation assembly given by college chancellor Gerald Flurry. In preparation for the academic year, students and faculty listened attentively to a lecture about William Shakespeare and what his life’s works contribute to a greater education.
“Everyone knows Shakespeare. We can tie it in to when Britain was a superpower. If you were talking about the Bible and empire, it wouldn’t mean nearly as much to the British people,” Mr. Flurry said. “They can relate to Shakespeare.”
Many of Shakespeare’s literary works contain numerous biblical allusions—evident to the more perceptive reader. He clearly read and tried to incorporate the Bible in his writings. Shakespeare’s empire-building mindset made him such a terrific poet, who so heavily influenced literature, that today’s Western educational curriculum still holds on to his art.
Following the orientation lecture, Gerald Flurry said, “What I was hoping for the students to take from it is: You’ve got the greatest scholar who ever lived, and he really was an empire-builder. I think God influenced his development so it would give the British people every opportunity to deliver the message about David’s throne. It’s not just about education. It’s about building an empire. If you want to be in that business, you need a great education in vocabulary and communication.”
Mr. Flurry believes one of the greatest lessons to be learned from William Shakespeare is how to be a deep thinker. Shakespeare’s contributions to literature, art and culture have certainly left a profound impact on the world.