MMU launches new spring lecture series on intersection of faith and reason

Spring Lecture Series

Recent studies conducted by the Pew Research Center show one of the top reasons young people abandon their Christian faith is because they believe it conflicts with science.

To address this topic, three nationally known Catholic scholars will visit Mount Mercy University for a new spring lecture series titled Explorations in Faith & Reason.

Religion vs. Science? Don't Believe It
Dr. Brad Gregory, professor of history and Dorothy G. Griffin collegiate chair, University of Notre Dame
Feb. 21 | 7 p.m. | Chapel of Mercy

Faculty Panel Discussion on Faith and Science
Led by Dr. Bryan Cross, assistant professor of philosophy, Mount Mercy University
March 7 | 3:30 p.m. | Flaherty Community Room (204 Basile Hall)

From Dayton to Dover: What Have We Learned About Evolution and Christian Faith?
Dr. Matthew Ashley, associate professor of systematic theology, University of Notre Dame
March 28 | 7 p.m. | Chapel of Mercy

The Ultimate Appeal to Humanity: Fides et Ratio and the Fulfillment of All Desire
Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., D. Phil (Oxon.), associate professor of historical theology and director of the Catholic Studies Centre, Saint Louis University
April 11 | 7 p.m. | Chapel of Mercy

“We’re really happy to have three speakers of such caliber visit our campus,” said Dr. Mary Ducey, chair of Mount Mercy’s Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies. “Not only are they experts in their fields, but they are great teachers at heart. We’re looking forward to a more careful discussion of the relationships among religious faith, reason and science than we usually get.”

Ducey said the series would be especially helpful to educators, faith formation volunteers and directors, and parents of students who are struggling with these ideas. Speakers will address questions such as: Are science and religion necessarily in conflict? Can faith and science benefit each other? What is the relationship between faith and reason?

Explorations in Faith & Reason is a new spring lecture series that combines Mount Mercy’s President's Lecture, Hesburgh Lecture and Aquinas Lecture.

Events are free and open to the public. Seating may be limited. In keeping with our educational mission, Mount Mercy University welcomes presenters with varied perspectives.

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