Faith and Reason in a Post-Truth Era

Saturday, September 16, 2023 | In-Person and Virtual

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Join us for a one-day conference in honor of the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of Fides et Ratio. Pope Saint John Paul II’s prophetic encyclical concerning the essential relationship between faith and reason provides the key to a proper understanding of our world and an antidote to many of today’s cultural issues. At this conference, three experts on faith and reason and their application to various cultural ills will present keynote lectures, and a panel of Benedictine College faculty will discuss the document’s continuing relevance in the classroom and in their research.

A proper understanding of this crucial consonance between faith and reason is key to Benedictine’s vision to Transform Culture in America. Join us as we bring Truth back to a post-truth era.

Unable to join in person? Please register as a “virtual” attendee using the link above.


Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023
Location: McAllister Board Room, Fourth Floor, Ferrell Academic Center

10:00 a.m. Check in and Coffee
10:30 a.m. Bishop William Joensen
Diocese of Des Moines
“The Enduring Wisdom of Fides et Ratio for Campus and Greater Cultures”
12:00 p.m. Lunch with Faculty Panel
1:00 p.m. Theresa Farnan
Ethics and Public Policy Center
“The Crisis of Confidence in Truth and Meaning”
2:30 p.m. Larry Chapp
Dorothy Day Worker Farm
“Integral Ecology in an Age of Unbelief”
4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass