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— St. Paul (2 Cor 8:9)

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Faith and Reason Lectures

Faith and Reason St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series is a great chance to take an in-depth look into what we believe! Faith seeks understanding and our ministry wants to provide young Catholics at Columbia with a space for this intellectual and spiritual inquiry. We hope that with the help of our wonderful guest speakers we will be inspired to deepen both the way we think about the Mystery and the way we live our lives in the light of Faith.

All lectures are held:
8pm at 107 Jerome Greene Hall (Columbia Law School)
— unless otherwise noted.

Lectures are free, and all are welcome.

Upcoming Lectures

Faith and Reason Lecture #2

March 30, 2011
Presenter: Dr. J Budziszewki

Dr. Budziszewski is a professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Among his several books are The Revenge of Conscience: Politics and the Fall of Man and The Line Through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction







Past Lectures

The Principle of Inertia and the Origins of Modernity

Sept 21, 2011, 2011
Presenter: Dr. William E. Carroll, University of Oxford

William E. Carroll is a European intellectual historian and historian of science whose research and teaching concern 1) the reception of Aristotelian science in mediaeval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, and the development of the doctrine of creation, and 2) the encounter between Galileo and the Inquisition.
Currently he is the Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, and a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford. In addition to having written various essays, he is the editor of Nature and Motion in the Middle Ages, co-author of Aquinas on Creation, author of La Creacion y las Ciencias Naturales: Actualidad de Santo Tomas de Aquino, and Galileo: Science and Faith.



Walker Percy and Christian Existentialism

March 30, 2011
Presenter: Professor Peter Kreeft, Boston College

Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King's College (Empire State Building), in New York City. He is a regular contributor to several Christian publications, is in wide demand as a speaker at conferences, and is the author of over 63 books including: Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Christianity for Modern Pagans, Fundamentals of the Faith.

NOTE: This lecture will be held at 501 Schermerhorn Hall.






Redeemable Suffering?: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Meaning of Human Suffering and the Passion of Christ

February 16, 2011
Presenter: Dr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.,
DHS, Washington DC

Fr. Thomas Joseph White was raised in rural Georgia in a religiously diverse family. He converted to Catholicism at Brown University, in part from reading Flannery O'Connor. He first encountered the Dominicans while studying for his doctorate in theology at Oxford University. Currently he is the director of the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies, in Washington, D.C. and the author or editor of various books and articles, including Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: a Study in Thomistic Natural Theology ( 2009) and Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering in 2009, co-edited with James F. Keating. He teaches classes in Christology, Eucharistic theology and other subjects.

Original Sin 2: Psychological Causes of Atheism

January 24, 2011
Presenter: Dr. Paul C. Vitz, NYU, IPS

Dr. Paul C. Vitz is a Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the New York University, and a Professor of Psychology/Senior Scholar at the Institute for Psychological Sciences (IPS) in Arlington, Virginia. Since getting his doctorate in experimental psychology at Stanford University, he has done extensive research in personality theory, moral development and psychology and art. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, the most recent of which is Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism. His currents interests are in the topics of fatherhood, the nature of the person, and the psychology of forgiveness. Dr. Vitz's books include: Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship; Sigmund Freud's Christian Unconscious; Modern Art and Modern Science: The Parallel Analysis of Vision; and Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism.

Why It Was Fitting for God to Become Man: Reasons for the Incarnation according to St. Thomas Aquinas

November 29, 2010
Presenter: Dr. Paul Gondreau, Providence College, RI

Paul Gondreau's teaching and research centers on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has published several articles on Aquinas's Christology and on his anthropology and moral thought, with an emphasis on Thomistic sexual morality. Most of his articles have appeared in The Thomist and Nova et Vetera, English edition, or in collections of essays. He is the author of The Passions of Christ's Soul in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Aschendorff, 2002/University of Scranton Press, 2009) and is currently writing a book on a Thomistic account of the meaning and purpose of human sexuality. He is currently active in the marriage debate, defending the traditional view of marriage from a Thomistic natural law point of view. Paul Gondreau did his graduate work with the Dominicans at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, earning his licentiate and doctoral degrees there, and has taught under the Dominicans at Providence College, Rhode Island, since 1997.

Falling to Pieces: Original Sin and the Fragmentation of the Self (audio file)

November 10, 2010
Presenter: Dr. Dana L. Dillon, Providence College, RI

Dr. Dana L. Dillon is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Providence College, where she teaches classes in theology, especially Moral Theology, Catholic Social Thought, and Political Theology. Her primary research area is Fundamental Moral Theology, with a special interest in Virtue Ethics and the connection between persons and acts.

Dana received her undergraduate degree and her Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she also worked in Residence Life. She received her doctorate in Religion from Duke University, in the area of Christian Ethics. Dana is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Imago Dei: Simultaneously an Ineradicable Possession and an Exalted Calling

October 9, 2010
Presenter: Dr. William C. Mattison, Catholic University of America

Dr. Mattison researches and teaches in the area of fundamental moral theology, with a focus on virtue and the work of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is the author of the recently published Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues (Brazos Press, 2008). He has articles in several peer-reviewed journals (including Theological Studies and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics) and chapters in several books. He is currently working on two books: Virtue, Happiness, and the Sermon on the Mount and Anger and Christian Ethics.

Besides serving in leadership roles in the Ethics and Catholic Theology Group and Moral Theology Group at the Society of Christian Ethics and Catholic Theological Society of America, respectively, Dr. Mattison co-founded and serves as Executive Director of the New Wine, New Wineskins symposium for pre-tenure Catholic moral theologians held annually at the University of Notre Dame. Through this role he edited New Wine, New Wineskins: A Next Generation Reflects on Issues in Catholic Moral Theology (Sheed and Ward, 2005).

Creation and a Self-Sufficient Universe: Evolution, Cosmology, and Thomas Aquinas (audio file)

September 22, 2010
Presenter: Dr. William E. Carroll, University of Oxford

William E. Carroll is a European intellectual historian and historian of science whose research and teaching concern 1) the reception of Aristotelian science in mediaeval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, and the development of the doctrine of creation, and 2) the encounter between Galileo and the Inquisition. He has also written extensively on the ways in which mediaeval discussions of the relationship among the natural sciences, philosophy , and theology can be useful in contemporary questions arising from developments in evolutionary biology, the neurosciences, quantum physics, and cosmology.

He has lectured throughout the United States and Canada, and also in England, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, and Australia. Recently, he has been a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Argentina and at the Catholic University of Chile.

Currently he is the Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, and a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford. In addition to having written various essays, he is the editor of Nature and Motion in the Middle Ages, co-author of Aquinas on Creation, author of La Creacion y las Ciencias Naturales: Actualidad de Santo Tomas de Aquino, and Galileo: Science and Faith.