Scholars to Discuss Faith, Reason and University Mission

Scholars will be gathering at CUA this fall for a colloquium on Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio.

Sponsored by CUA and the John Paul II Institute, the series will examine the relationship between faith and reason from various perspectives. Faculty and invited speakers will represent disciplines including economics, psychology, biochemistry, philosophy and theology. They also will discuss the encyclical's implications for the university’s mission.

The first seminar is "Fides et Ratio and Culture," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. It will open at the William J. Byron, S.J., Auditorium with a welcome by the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M. The keynote lecturer will be Bishop Angelo Scola, rector of the Pontifical Lateran University and president of the John Paul II Institute in Rome.

The second discussion,"Fides et Ratio and Scientific Inquiry," will take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in Caldwell Hall Auditorium. The main lecturer will be Michael Behe, professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University.

The third seminar, "Fides et Ratio and Philosophical Inquiry," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Caldwell Hall Auditorium, will feature Dean Emeritus Jude P. Dougherty of CUA’s School of Philosophy.

For more information contact the Anca Nemoianu at 202- 319-5256.