July 2017

Myth and History

In his late 20s, C. S. Lewis began talking to J. R. R. Tolkein about faith. Lewis was an atheist, Tolkien a Catholic. Lewis loved mythology. Tolkein also loved mythology, especially Christian mythology. It seems that Lewis’ moment of conversion happened during a long night’s conversation with Tolkein who explained that Christianity was indeed a mythology, but one with a historic core. Both realized that mythology and truth are not opposed.

A Journey from Atheism to Catholicism

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - In 2012, writer, blogger, intellectual (she’s a graduate of Yale) and avowed atheist Leah Libresco stunned her readers by announcing she was converting to Catholicism.

Can We Be Good Without God

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - Mr. Bart Campolo, a secular humanist dedicated to helping people who do not believe in God live a full and meaningful life, will enter into a conversation with Fr. James Heft about whether believing in God makes a difference in how we live our lives. [VIEW VIDEO...]

Love Divine: Erotic Desires in Christian Mysticism

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - Prof. David Albertson of USC’s School of Religion examines how love, desire, and erotic experiences were explored by Christian mystics in ways that stretch our imagination.

Is the Reformation Over?

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - Prof. Mark Schwehn and Fr. Heft talk about the significance of the Protestant Reformation 500 years later.

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