How can the Franciscan intellectual tradition aid in making an argument for faith in today’s culture?
What role have the writings of the popes since Vatican II played in shining a spotlight on Franciscan thought as a viable way of faith seeking understanding?

Fr. Joseph Chinnici, OFM, President Emeritus of the Franciscan School of Theology, identifies eight characteristics of Franciscan intellectual tradition, as embodied in the thought of John Duns Scotus, and discusses the implications of these characteristics in the Franciscan approach to education in his talk entitled “Cultural Openings: The Franciscan Intellectual and Educational Mission.” Fr. Chinnici’s talk was sponsored by the Theology Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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