Faith and Reason Lecture Series
The Newman Centre is blessed to organize this Lecture Series every year. We attempt to bring to life blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s desire to integrate faith and reason on the University Campus. Cardinal Newman strived to work towards forming his students not only intellectually but also spiritually. He challenged his students and reminded them that faith without reason and vice versa is meaningless.
With respect to the role of the Catholic Church in a University he wrote:
“Here, then, I conceive is the object of the Holy See and the Catholic Church in setting up Universities; it is to reunite things which were in the beginning joined together by God, and have been put asunder by man... I wish the intellect to range with utmost freedom, and religion to enjoy an equal freedom but what I am stipulating for is that they should be found in one and the same place, and exemplified in the same persons… I wish the same spots and the same individuals to be at once oracles of philosophy and shrines of devotions… Devotion is not a sort of finish given to the sciences; nor is science a sort of feather in the cap, if I may so express myself, an ornament and set-off to devotion. I want the intellectual layman to be religious and the devout ecclesiastic to be intellectual."
- "Intellect, The Instrument of Religious Training" in Sermons Preached on Various Occasions, London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1898 , pp. 12-13
The 2016-2017 lecture themes and speakers are listed herebelow :
CAN YOU BE A HARVARD CATHOLIC - Ross Douthat, Author, Blogger, New York Times Columnist
WHY READ THE BIBLE TODAY? - Archbishop Terrance Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa
TENSIONS IN HEALTH CARE: CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVES - Dr. Chris De Bono, VP of Mission, Ethics and Spirituality, Providence Health, BC
NEWMAN AND CONVERSION - Dr. Donald Graham, Associate Professor, St. Augustine's Seminary, Toronto
We are most grateful for this season's lecture sponsor Heritage Restoration Inc. Their continued support to the vision and mission of the Newman Centre Catholic Mission is invaluable.
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