Franciscan University Launches FaithandReason.com
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STEUBENVILLE, OH (July 12, 2012) - “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom. 12:2). That verse sums up the aim of Franciscan University of Steubenville's new online resource, FaithandReason.com.
The website includes videos featuring the world’s top Catholic scholars, thinkers, and leaders, plus articles and blog posts exploring subjects ranging from the Church and culture to politics and philosophy to morality and the marketplace.
Michael Hernon, vice president of Advancement, says the University created the site as a resource for the new evangelization.
“As part of our mission as a Catholic university, Franciscan has long engaged the wider culture through summer conferences and academic symposia featuring world-class Catholic speakers. FaithandReason.com allows us to share this wealth of evangelistic resources by making the talks available to a worldwide audience,” Hernon says.
The site's name, Hernon explains, comes from Blessed John Paul II's encyclical, Fides et Ratio, in which the late pope wrote: "Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth."
The website offers an ever-expanding online video library of talks by theologians, philosophers, scientists, statesmen, business leaders, and cultural critics such as George Weigel, Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal at the Apostolic Signatura; Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, preacher to the Papal Household; Father Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute; and popular speakers Jeff Cavins, Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, and Dr. Scott Hahn. It also provides past episodes of the long-running Franciscan University Presents, which airs monthly on EWTN.
The Channels page organizes the video presentations into 15 categories. On The Sacred Page, Franciscan University biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma discusses “The Mass as a Marriage Supper,” while Jeff Cavins explains how redemptive suffering “permits us to suffer alongside Jesus as a witness, a martyr.”
On the Witnesses for the New Evangelization channel, author Kimberly Hahn effectively builds a biblical argument for “Living Chastity in Today’s World,” and philosopher Dr. Peter Kreeft unveils his “Christian battle plan for saving a society in crisis.”
“Franciscan University is pleased to offer these inspiring and enlightening videos and other resources at no cost,” says Hernon. “I invite everyone to visit FaithandReason.com often to deepen your understanding of our world and find the tools you need to engage today’s culture with Christ’s truth and love.”
New videos will be added often, Hernon says, encouraging Catholics to check www.FaithandReason.com regularly to find new inspiration and sustenance for their spiritual journey.
Franciscan University of Steubenville
http://franciscan.edu OH, 43952 US
Tom Sofio - Associate Director of Public Relations,
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