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National Religion Scholars to Speak at Fontbonne University

ST. LOUIS – Fontbonne University is welcoming religion scholars from around the country to a panel discussion entitled “Faithful Citizenship: A Forum on Religion and Public Life.” This discussion will feature a variety of headline topics that are front and center during this election season.

As part of its Carondelet Lecture Series Oct. 4, the university invites the community to hear panelists William T. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.; John Langan, S.J., Ph.D.; R.R. Reno, Ph.D.; and Julie Hanlon Rubio, Ph.D.  Panelists will discuss issues such as healthcare, abortion, immigration, the economy, marriage, family and much more.

“I am excited to welcome this excellent panel of Catholic intellectuals to Fontbonne University,” said Randall Rosenberg, Ph.D., Fontbonne’s Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought. “I anticipate both commonality and diversity of opinion among our four guests. We are sure to have an interesting, in-depth conversation about the meaning of the common good, the relationship between Catholic teaching and political life, questions related to social justice and much more.”

About the Speakers:

William T. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., is the senior research professor at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology as well as a professor in the department of Catholic studies at DePaul University in Chicago. Cavanaugh is the author of many books including, “The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict” and “Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church.”

John Langan, S.J., Ph.D., holds the Cardinal Bernardin Chair of Catholic Social Thought and is a professor of philosophy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Langan is the editor of “Catholic Universities in Church and Society” as well as “A Moral Vision for America.” He has also authored many articles on such topics as religion in liberal political thought, human rights and more.

R.R. Reno, Ph.D., is the editor of First Things, an ecumenical and interreligious journal that strives to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society. Reno has authored many books including “Fighting the Noonday Devil – and Other Essays Personal and Theological.”

Julie Hanlon Rubio, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Christian ethics at St. Louis University. She is the author of “A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family” and “Family Ethics: Practices for Christians.”

The discussion, co-sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Dunham Student Activity Center on Fontbonne's main campus in Clayton, Mo. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information. To register for this event, email Randall Rosenberg or call 314.719.8062.

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