Lecture Series

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 2017-2018 lecture themes and speakers are listed herebelow : 

NEWMAN AND THE GREAT APOSTASIA  - Edward Short, Author of 'Newman and His Family' | Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7 PM (Newman Centre)

THE POPE AND THE CEO  - Andreas Widmer, Entrepreneur, academic and philanthropist | Thursday, November 9, 2017, 8 AM (Rotman School of Management)

THE CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE ON EVOLUTION - Fr. Thomas Davenport OP, Scientist, co-author 'The Thomistic Evolution' |  Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7 PM (Newman Centre)

THE ROLE OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN SCIENCE - Dr. Stacy Trasancos, Catholic writer, scientist, editor and teacher | Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7 PM (Newman Centre)

Interested in sponsoring our Faith and Reason lecture series? Contact: Alexandra Whittle, Program and Volunteer Coordinator, Newman Centre at alexandra.whittle@newmantoronto.com or 416-979-2468 extn. 244. 


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