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LOGOS AND LIFE:

BENEDICT XVI AND NIETZSCHE ON REASON AND THE REALITY OF GOD

Thursday, February 15

Harvard University

Fr. John Bayer O. Cist.

University of Dallas

Does your spiritual life matter for the life of the mind? This talk examines the connection between reason and our apprehension of God according to Pope Benedict XVI and Friedrich Nietzsche. These two thinkers – the former among the most famous pope-scholars in history and the latter among the most profound atheists ever to assail Christianity – have more in common than might initially appear. By exploring points of convergence and contrast in their writings, this talk aims to elucidate the existential drama facing us all, and to defend friendship with Jesus as central to the life of the mind.

Fr. John Bayer O. Cist.

Fr. John Bayer O. Cist. is a monk of Our Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey, an Adjunct Professor of Theology at the University of Dallas, and a teacher of theology and Latin at the Cistercian Preparatory School. His teaching and writing cover philosophy and theology in both the medieval and modern periods. Fr. John received his S.T.D. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

This event is made possible through the support of grant #62372 from the John Templeton Foundation, “In Lumine: Promoting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide.”

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