Dr. Benjamin Wiker: Is There A Catholic Ecology?

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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Sr. M. Lucy Gantt, FSGM, PhD: Encountering God in Science

Sr. M. Lucy Gantt, FSGM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers her talk entitled “Encountering God in Science.” Sr. M Lucy’s talk was part of the Science and Faith Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville. – See more at: http://www.faithandreason.com/2015/11/sr-m-lucy-gantt-fsgm-phd-encountering-god-in-science/#sthash.7AmrqoK5.dpuf

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Fr. Michael Dodds, OP: Galileo, Darwin, and the “War” Between Science and Religion

Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, delivers his talk entitled “Galileo, Darwin, and the “War” Between Science and Religion: Some (Catholic) Rules of Engagement.” Fr. Dodds’ talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series and the Science & Faith Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Science & Faith Panel: Are We Machines? Has Modern Science Left Room for Personhood?

In this Panel Discussion, composed of Franciscan University Faculty, two opposing views are about the nature of man are presented. Are we mere biological machines? Or are we something more?

Presenting the secular materialist view will be:

Dr. Ed Kovach, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Dan Kuebler, Professor of Biology

Presenting the Catholic view will be:

Dr. Paul Symington, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Mike Sirilla, Associate Professor of Theology

This Panel Discussion was part of the Science and Faith Lecture Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Say No to Physician Assisted Suicide

Howard Ball’s lead essay on this issue is clear and helpful. Yet I think the term “Physician Assisted Death” is evasive and euphemistic. Physicians have for centuries helped patients to die—that is, to endure the process that ends in their death. The question is whether physicians should help them kill themselves—and whether the law should allow physicians to do so. Thus I will use the term Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS). This raises a moral question (Is PAS morally right?), and a legal question (Should PAS be against the law?).

Read more at Cato Unbound.

Dr. Alexander Sich — Natural Science and the Formation of Students

Dr. Alexander Sich, associate professor of physics here at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses the necessity for forming students with a firm grasp of natural science.

Catholic Issues in Healthcare and Bioethics

Join Host Michael Hernon, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Dr. Marie Hilliard, as they discuss modern issues for faithful Catholics in the areas of healthcare and bioethics.

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November 2012: “Catholic Issues in Healthcare and Bioethics” – Dr. Marie Hillard

November 2012 Show: “Catholic Issues in Healthcare and Bioethics”

With special guest Dr. Marie Hilliard

Blessed Pope John Paul II warned of the rapid spread of the culture of death, especially in the West. He also gave us a mission to live as witnesses to the gospel of life and help heal the culture. To do this more effectively, we must be well informed about vital Catholic issues in healthcare and bioethics.  Join us as we discuss this with Dr. Marie Hillard, director of Bioethics and Public Policy for the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

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Dr. Alexander Sich — Rules and Realities: Easily Confused

A clip from “A Response to: Physics: the Nature of Time and Theology” by Dr. Alex Sich, Associate Professor of Physics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, given at the Science and Faith Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville, December 2-3, 2011.

Dr. Alexander Sich — Earthquakes and Emotions

A clip from “A Response to: Physics: the Nature of Time and Theology” by Dr. Alex Sich, Associate Professor of Physics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, given at the Science and Faith Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville, December 2-3, 2011.

Dr. John Crosby — Metaphysics: Bridge between Science and Philosophy

Dr. John Crosby, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville delivers his response to Dr. Benjamin Wiker’s presentation, “Can Science Demonstrate the Existence of God? What’s a Catholic to Think?” The presentations were part of Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Benjamin Wiker — Four Proofs of a Designed Universe

Dr. Benjamin Wiker,  senior fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, speaks on “Can Science Demonstrate the Existence of God? What’s a Catholic to Think?”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Benjamin Wiker — Materialist Reduction of Reason: The Atheist’s Safety Net

Dr. Benjamin Wiker, senior fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology speaks on “Can Science Demonstrate the Existence of God? What’s a Catholic to Think?”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Mr. Mark Ryland — Three Case Studies in Design Theory

Mr. Mark Ryland, president and senior fellow, Institute for the Study of Nature, speaks on “A Response to: Signs of Design: from Physics and Astronomy”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Jay W. Richards — Three Signs of Design from Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Jay W. Richards, senior fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, speaks on“Signs of Design: from Physics and Astronomy”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Jay W. Richards — Modern Science Ignores Aristotle

Dr. Jay W. Richards, senior fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, speaks on “Signs of Design: from Physics and Astronomy”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Alvin Plantinga — Refuting Naturalism by Citing our own Consciousness

Dr. Alvin Plantinga, professor emeritus, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, speaks on “Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Alvin Plantinga — Religion and Science: Alleged Conflicts

Dr. Alvin Plantinga, professor emeritus, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, speaks on “Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Daniel Kuebler — Darwinist Philosophy can’t survive in a world of Darwinian Science

Dr. Daniel Kuebler, professor of Biology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks on “A Response to: The Modern Scientific Theory of Intelligent Design”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Michael Behe — Random: A Carefully Selected Word

Dr. Michael Behe, senior fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, speaks on “The Modern Scientific Theory of Intelligent Design”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”.

Science and Faith: A Fresh Look

International scholars explore God and the universe at a recent conference held at Franciscan University.

Is the universe just a random assemblage of particles devoid of any ultimate meaning, or does it reveal a grander design and purpose? The answer to this profound question has implications for every aspect of human life, from politics to biology to moral theology. If we are accidental tourists adrift in an unwelcome cosmos, we are left to live however we see fit. If, on the other hand, we are designed and created for a purpose, there is a basic human desire not only to understand that purpose but to order our lives toward it.

What then does the scientific study of the universe reveal about purpose and design? Can what we learn about the structure of the universe inform our understanding of God? It was questions such as these that drew a group of international scholars to Franciscan University to participate in the University’s first Science and Faith Conference, December 2-3, 2012.

Read more at Franciscan Way.

Franciscan, Ave Maria, and Obamacare

Two Catholic universities’ decisions to drop student health-care plans show Obamacare’s long-term goal: Force Americans to choose government-subsidized plans over no insurance at all.

Two Catholic universities, Franciscan University of Steubenville and Ave Maria University, recently announced that they will drop their student health-care plans for the coming year. The schools also announced that they will no longer require students to have health insurance.

Given the giant range of institutions and people affected by Obamacare and its mandates, the impact of this decision by two universities, each with less than 3,000 students, may seem small. But it is not the scope of impact that matters so much as the broader problem the decision highlights. Two federal regulations that pushed Franciscan and Ave Maria to drop student health-care plans indicate quite clearly what will happen if Obamacare is allowed to stand: More Americans will become uninsured unless they transition into government-subsidized healthcare plans.

Read more at The Public Discourse.

How Our Experiences Defy Materialism

Dr. John Bergsma, professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks on “A Response to: Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Evidence of Design is Easy to See

Dr. Michael Behe, senior fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, speaks on “The Modern Scientific Theory of Intelligent Design”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

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