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Miracles and Belief

October 16, 2017

Why believe? Do arguments, testimony or experience ground belief? Do miracles prove anything? Dr. Earl Kumfer, professor emeritus, will revisit the Resurrection narratives in light of philosophers David Hume and Blaise Pascal to better grasp what happens at Pentecost. All lectures in the Philosophy and Theology series are free and open to the public. Sunday, Read More »

The Message of Fatima: Then and Now

September 27, 2017

A public lecture, titled “The Message of Fatima: Then and Now,” will be presented by USF Assistant Professor Sister Jacinta Krecek, OSF. Saint John Paul II said, “Fatima is more relevant now than ever.” With this year marking 100 years since Our Lady of Fatima delivered her message, Sister Jacinta Krecek, OSF, will examine what Read More »

Fake News and the Fathers of Suspicion

August 31, 2017

Presented by USF Associate Professor Dr. Adam DeVille, “Fake News and the Fathers of Suspicion: Learning from Freud, Marx and Evagrius” is the first in a series offered by USF Department of Philosophy and Theology faculty throughout the academic year. Dr. DeVille will discuss how and why Christians should engage Marx and Freud, and what Read More »

Road Trip to Franciscan University

April 3, 2017

Bonaventure Workshop Three students in Dr. Lewis Pearson’s medieval philosophy class took a road trip to Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH to attend the Bonaventure Workshop.  The workshop consisted primarily of plenary addresses given by: Fr. Dan Pattee, TOR (Associate Professor of Theology and Director of Mission and Franciscan Charism at Franciscan University), Dr. Jay Read More »

Toward a Philosophical Theory of Practice

March 13, 2017

The study of human practice is a growing field among anthropologists, philosophers, social and culture theorists, and ethnologists.  Practice theorists cover a wide range of topics from subjectivity, embodiment, and knowledge, to power and social organization.  In this free public lecture, Dr. Vincent Wargo, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will explore why practice is important for contemporary Read More »

Christianity, History, and the Common Good

February 23, 2017

The Christian view of history is important for understanding and promoting the common good.  In this free public lecture,  Dr. John Bequette, Associate Professor of Theology, will explore the nature of history, the contributions made by Christian thinkers towards historical understanding, and how understanding history helps us build a more just society. Sunday, March 5, 2017 Read More »

Polkas and Masses: Catholicism and the German-Russian Immigrant Experience

February 1, 2017

While best known as the hometown of television legend Lawrence Welk, Strasburg, North Dakota possesses a rich religious and ethnic history.  In this free public lecture, “Polkas and Masses:  Catholicism and the German-Russian Immigrant Experience in Strasburg, North Dakota”, Dr. Lance Richey, Dean of the Schoool of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Theology, will Read More »

ISIS and the Crusades: On the Uses and Abuses of History

December 22, 2016

A century ago, almost no Muslim had ever heard of the Crusades, let alone viewed them negatively. Yet today ISIS propaganda is riddled with hundreds of justificatory references to “the Crusades” and constantly calls Western and even Asian countries “the Crusaders.” In this public lecture, Dr. Adam DeVille, Associate Professor of Theology, will explore the Read More »

Incarnate Wisdom Scripture

November 23, 2016

In this public lecture, Sr. Felicity Dorsett, assistant professor of theology, will compare the coming of Christ as Wisdom foreshadowed in the writings of the Old Testament with this Christ-as-Wisdom theme taken up by New Testament writers.  Sr. Felicity will further highlight these passages in the context of the Word that became flesh at Christmas. Read More »