Six evenings each academic year, the Seattle G. K. Chesterton Society welcomes all college students and interested adults to join us in ongoing conversation on topics of the moment, guided by the light of the Christian intellectual tradition, in the spirit of G. K. Chesterton.
Each evening features an engaging presentation by an invited speaker, an extended period of lively discussion, and the opportunity to continue the conversation and make new friends over snacks and refreshments.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English essayist, playwright, mystery writer, literary critic, journalist, and convert to Catholicism who addressed the important questions of his day with boldness and wit. In the spirit of Chesterton, our evenings of discussion and fellowship aim to provide a witness to Catholic Christianity’s passion for truth and engagement with the world.
There is never any fee for admission, nor requests for donations. We simply invite you to step through the open doorway of our kind host, the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington, for an evening of stimulating discussion and conviviality.
Please join us for our final event of this season!
Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 7:30 PM, UW Newman Center
Having Faith in Reason
Dr. Steve Duncan
In discussions of faith and reason, the emphasis tends to be on the question of the status offaith as a source of knowledge. In this evening’s discussion, the spotlight will fall on the other member of this supposedly opposed pair. What is reason? What role does reason play in the pursuit of truth? Our speaker Steve Duncan will contend that to have faith in reason as a source of truth is already to have implicit faith in God as the author of our rational faculties.
Dr. Steven Duncan is Professor of Philosophy at Bellevue College, Bellevue, Washington. He is the author of four books of philosophy: A Primer on Virtue Ethics, How Free Will Works,The Proof of the External World–Cartesian Theism and the Possibility of Knowledge, andPhilosophy of Religion. He is married to Cora, and worships at St. Thomas Parish in Tukwila. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Washington in 1987.
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