2019 Spring Lecture Series | Faith/Reason/Science: Friends or Foes?

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 mtmercy.edu/faith-reason.

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Seating may be limited. In keeping with our educational mission, Mount Mercy University welcomes presenters with varied perspectives. Thank you for joining us! 


2019 Spring Lecture Series Events

Feb. 21 Religion vs. Science? Don't Believe It
Dr. Brad Gregory | Professor of History and Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair, University of Notre Dame
7 PM | Chapel of Mercy 
Mar. 7  Faculty Panel Discussion on Faith and Science
Led by Dr. Bryan Cross, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Mount Mercy University
3:30 PM | Flaherty Community Room (204 Basile Hall)
Mar. 28 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
7 PM | Chapel of Mercy 
Apr. 11 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
7 PM | Chapel of Mercy