Can Faith Broaden Reason?

A Discussion on Faith, Knowledge, and Experience in Light of Msgr Luigi Giussani’s New Book Is It Possible To Live This Way?

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center
In collaboration with Communion and Liberation

One of the great themes of discussion of the last few years has been the relationship between faith and reason, science and religion. There has been a strong trend in our culture to identify reason with the methods of the natural sciences, and to dismiss all other forms of knowledge as necessarily subjective and irrational. This tendency to diminish the scope and depth of human reason has been one of the great concerns of Pope Benedict XVI, who has repeatedly called for a “ broadening of reason,” pointing out that even science builds on philosophical foundations that it does not give itself. In order to address this important issue, the Crossroads Cultural Center will hold a panel discussion on January 20, 2008 at 4:00pm at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University. The topic of the discussion will be precisely how faith broadens reason in its capacity to know reality. The participants in the discussion entitled Can Faith Broaden Reason? will be Fr. Julian Carron, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, Dr. Robert Pollack, Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, and Dr. Joseph Weiler, Professor of Law at New York University, and with Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete as the moderator.

This event will take place only a few months before Benedict XVI's visit to New York City. It is also timed to coincide with publication of the latest book in English by Msgr. Giussani, Is it Possible to Live This Way? (McGill-Queens University Press). This work by Giussani is very relevant to the topic under discussion because it explores in detail the relationship between faith and reason, pointing out how under certain conditions faith is indeed a method of knowledge. Crossroads is very honored to have on this panel Fr. Julian Carron, a great expert on Msgr. Giussani’s thought and also his chosen successor as President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation.

About this Event

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2008
Time: 4pm
Location: The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South, New York

About the Speakers

Lorenzo Albacete
Theologian, Author, Columnist

Julián Carrón
President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation

Robert Pollack
Professor of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

Joseph Weiler
Joseph Strauss Professor of Law, New York University


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