Dr. Thomas Pfau: Newman’s Development of Doctrine: Tradition as a Form of Discernment

What role does tradition play in theological understanding? John Henry Newman’s appraisal of tradition as a form of development continues to be highly influencial.

Dr. Thomas Pfau, Professor of English at Duke University, contrasts Newman’s contention that tradition is necessary for inquiry with two prevalinging philosophies of his day, sentamentalism and historicism in his talk entitled “Newman’s Development of Doctrine: Tradition as a Form of Discernment.” Dr. John Crosby, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the MA Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, offers a response, posing the question as to whether or not Dr. Pfau’s argument properly holds together Newman’s vision of revelation as including both truth and history. Dr. Pfau’s talk was sponsored by the English Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Thomas Pfau: Hopkins’ Faith: Visual Attention and Poetic Form in the Journals and Sonnets

What is visual attention? What role does visual attention play in conveying the dynamic qualities of objects around us? How is visual attention related to the Incarnation?

Dr. Thomas Pfau, Professor of English at Duke University, examines how Gerard Manley Hopkins’ concept of paying visual attention to the world around him inspired him to write a new kind of poetry in his talk entitled “Hopkins’ Faith: Visual Attention and Poetic Form in the Journals and Sonnets.” Dr. Pfau’s talk was sponsored by the English Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Christopher Maunder: Our Lady of the Nations: Apparitions of Mary in the Modern Catholic Church

How can we determine if a Marian apparition is worth our attention? What is the role of a visionary in a Marian apparition? What impact does the time and place of a Marian apparition have on its message?

Dr. Christopher Maunder, Senior Lecturer in Theology at York St. John University, discusses insights about Marian apparitions and visionaries gleaned from his studies of and visits to Marian apparition sites in Eurpoe in his talk entitled “Our Lady of the Nations: Apparitions of Mary in the Modern Catholic Church.” The apparitions discussed were featured in Dr. Maunder’s book “Our Lady of the Nations: Apparitions of Mary in 20th Century Europe” published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Dr. Maunder’s talk was sponsored by the Theology Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Donald Asci: The Gift of Human Sexuality

What does it mean to say human sexuality a gift? How does this gift point to our dignity as persons? How does this gift commission us to share with others the message of our human dignity?

Defining gift as an “unmerited golden opportunity” Dr. Donald Asci, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, explores the relationship between our dignity as “Imago Dei” and our sexuality in his talk entitled “The Gift of Human Sexuality.” Dr. Asci’s talk was the opening talk of the Gift of Human Sexuality Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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James Patrick Reid: Art and Transformation in Christ: Salvation in the Midst of the Earth

What is the purpose of art? How can we learn to read a painting by paying attention to the interaction of shape and color? How is the artist’s ordering of shape and color related to God’s providence?

James Patrick Reid, a New York City based artist and lecturer and a member of the Painting Center gallery in Manhattan, uses paintings from different eras and different styles to answer these questions in his talk entitled “Art and Transformation in Christ: Salvation in the Midst of the Earth.” Mr. Reid’s talk was sponsored by the Fine Arts Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Kathleen Hart: A Cut-And-Paste Country

Whether saint or scoundrel, famous or obscure, our lives are cut and pasted together with moments of joy and sorrow, grace and grace seeking, falling and rising again. Kathleen Hart, Poet and Innaugural Winner of the Jacopone da Todi Book Prize from Franciscan University Press, explores this “cut-and-paste” theme reflecting on historic figures and her own experiences in her prize winning book entitled “A Cut-and-Paste Country.”

In this poetry reading Ms. Hart offers several selections from her award winning book. Ms. Hart was a special guest of the English Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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