The Ultimate Appeal to Humanity: Fides et Ratio and the Fulfillment of All Desire | SLS 2019

April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm | Chapel of Mercy

On the 20th anniversary of his encyclical Fides et Ratio, we turn to St. John Paul II's conviction that Jesus Christ is not only the answer to who God is, but also to who we are to become. For, in becoming human, God has rendered all human desire and inquiries as channels of encountering the divine. As such, faith and reason, divinity and humanity, now form a harmonic symphony in which the human person can finally find the fullness of what it means to be truly alive, fulfilled, and flourishing.

Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., D.Phil. (Oxon.)

Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Director of the Catholic Studies Centre, Saint Louis University

This event is a part of the 2019 Spring Lecture Series | Faith/Reason/Science: Friends or Foes?

Recent studies conducted by the Pew Research Center confirm what many of us have experienced anecdotally—one of the top reasons young people abandon their Christian faith is because they think it conflicts with science. Perhaps this had been influenced by some scientists, labelled the New Atheists, who claim all religious faith is irrational by its very nature.

Join us this spring to discuss these issues with three nationally known Catholic scholars of the intersection of faith, science, and reason. 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. For more information, visit


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