Does science support either a theistic or a materialistic view of the human person? Does consciousness present a problem for science?
Mr. Joseph Miller, Director of Outreach at the Magis Center, discusses the four levels of consciousness and how scientific discoveries about language and human self-consciousness play into the theism/materialism debate in his talk entitled ”In Search of an Adequate Anthropology: What Can Science and Psychology Tell Us About Ourselves?” Mr. Miller’s talk was part of the Science and Faith Lecture Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
What do we mean when we say, “pedagogy of God?” What role does the Catechism of the Catholic Church play in the pedagogy of God?
Dr. Petroc Willey, Professor of Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, reflects on the origin and meaning of the word “pedagogy” and describes three ways in which the presentation of doctrine in the Catechism follows the model of God’s pedagogy in his talk entitled “The Catechism Enshrines the Pedagogy of God.” Dr. Willey’s talk was part of the Speaking the Truth in Love Conference, sponsored by the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
What impact did the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, twenty-five years ago, have on the Church in the United States? How has the Catechism served as a guide to the bishops in their catechetical work?
Archbishop Leonard Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, CT, talks about how the Conformity Review process, established by the USCCB to ensure authenticity and completeness in catechetical texts in relation to the Catechism, has changed catechesis and addresses some of the challenges that changes in technology are bringing to the process in his talk entitled “The Catechism and its Importance in Catechetics in the United States: The First Twenty-Five Years and Looking Forward.” Archbishop Blair’s talk was part of the Speaking the Truth in Love Conference, sponsored by the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
What does it mean to be a man? What is the rationality written into the masculine body? How can all men live their mission to reveal the fatherhood of God? What is the masculine genius?
Fr. Patrick Schultz, Parochial Vicar at Communion of Saints Parish in Cleveland OH, uses St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to explain how the fatherhood of God is the key to understanding the masculine genius his talk entitled “The Masculine Genius.” Fr. Schultz’s talk was part of the Gift of Human Sexuality Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
How do we apply Catholic moral teaching to the the use of fetal tissue from an elective abortion, tissue that could be of value in medical research and that would otherwise be discarded?
Dr. Kyle McKenna, Associate Professor of Biology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, looks at Catholic teaching as it applies in his own research on uveal melanoma and as it applies in the decision to make use of vaccines in his talk entitled “Aborted Fetal Tissues in Vaccines and Medical Research.” Dr. McKenna’s talk was part of the Faculty Research Colloquium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Did you know that children whose father is present show greater cognitive abilities? That daughters with an absent father are more likely to suffer from depression?
Dr. Paul Vitz, Professor of Psychology at Divine Mercy University, discusses the positive impact of present fathers and the negative inpact of absent fathers in his talk entitled “The Importance of Fathers for the Family.” Dr. Vitz’s talk was sponsored by the Psychology Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
What does it mean to call God, “Father?” Neal Lozano, Executive Director of Heart of the Father Ministries and Author of “Abba’s Heart: Finding Our Way Back to the Father’s Delight,” discusses how, through our restored relationship as sons and daughters of God in Jesus Christ, the Father delights in us.
Citing Henri DeLubac’s “The Splendor of the Church,” Dr. Regis Martin, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and Author of “Witness to Wonder: The World of Catholic Sacraments,” describes the Church as the place where we truly encounter reality because she is sacramentally filled with the presence of Christ.
Clare Anderson, Author of “John Paul II, Man of Prayer: The Spiritual Life of a Saint,” gives several examples to show how prayer was the engine that animated all St. John Paul II did and suggests that his devotion to prayer is a challenge for us to make prayer a greater part of our lives as well.
Is faith defensible? Can we demonstrate that it’s reasonable for men to believe? In this Insight Dr. Regis Martin, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “Witness to Wonder: The World of Catholic Sacraments,” addresses the question of the reasonableness of faith.
How do we best deal with the realities that face us in the world today as Catholics? There have been many different suggestions: the Benedict Option or the Francis Option to name a couple. Dr. Carrie Gress, Author of “The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis”, urges us to consider turning to the woman National Geographic recently called the world’s most powerful woman: Mary.
How do we deal with those we love who are away from the Church? In this Insight Dr. Carrie Gress, Author of “Nudging Conversions: A Practical Guide to Bringing Those You Love Back to the Church” explains how building relationships is the key to evangelizing loved ones.
Raised in Alaska where he never met people of other faiths, but now working in Siberia where he does, Fr. Michael Shields, Missionary Priest in Magadan, Russia, explains how his encounters with Muslims have strengthened his understanding of evangelization through dialogue and prayer.
Fr. Michael Shields, Missionary Priest in Magadan, Russia, uses the story of unbaptized 5 year-old Alita desiring Jesus in the Eucharist to explain the great treasure that we have to give the world, Christ Jesus.
What if you had a message that would save the world? In this Insight Fr. Michael Shields, Missionary Priest in Magadan, Russia, explains that Christ calls each person to share with others his or her relationship with God whether it be in the family, at work, or in Magadan, Russia.
In this Insight Dr. Mike Sirilla, Professor of Theology and Director of the M.A. Theology Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “The Ideal Bishop: Aquinas’ Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles,” points out how St. Thomas Aquinas’ theology of the episcopacy, growing out of his commentary on St. Paul’s epistles to Timothy and Titus, is valuable for bishops in understanding better their office and for laity in having greater appreciation for the great gift Christ gave us in the office of the bishop.
What is a Catholic ecology? How can the undersanding of ecology be expanded to include not only nature but also human nature and hence human morality or natural law?
Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Life Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk entitled “Is There A Catholic Ecology?” as an overview of his book, “In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Enviromental, Economic, and Moral Ecology.” Dr. Wiker’s talk was part of the Faculty Research Colloquium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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How do the disciplines of philosophy and psychology interact in regard to virtue and virtue acquisition? Though the different disciplines understand habits differently is there a way in which these understanding can be mutually enriching?
Dr. Brandon Dahm, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Dr. Matthew Breuninger, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, present these different disciplinary understandings of habits at the event “Habit or Habitus? Virtue Theory vs. Psychology on the Nature of Habit”. The event was part of the Disciplinary Intersection Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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