Law & Faith Lecture—Faith and Reason: Amity or Enmity?

Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 4:30 pm
Milstein Conference Center A&B, Wasserstein Hall

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Professor Robert P. George

Professor Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program
in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.


Must we choose between “Athens” and “Jerusalem”—between faith and reason? Are the two in tension or even conflict? Taking as his point of departure the encyclical letter Fides et Ratio of Pope John Paul II, Robert George will argue that religious faith itself, properly understood, demands recognition of the autonomy and authority of reason. At the same time, rational inquiry, deliberation, and judgment supports faith and, in certain respects, presupposes it. Faith and reason are indeed the “two wings on which the human spirit ascends to contemplation of truth.”