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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

The Faiths of a Catholic University: Personal or Impersonal?

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James Bernauer, S.J., Boston College
Date: February 11, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road


This presentation aims to start a discussion of how the religious character of Boston College enhances the school's experience as a community of learning. The traditional aim of a believer's "faith seeking understanding" may need to be complemented in the contemporary university by "knowledges seeking faith," namely, faith's broader horizon of meaning, purpose and excellence. While the reality of pluralism necessarily (and fruitfully) complicates religious identity and tradition, perhaps personalist philosophical approaches succeed in articulating a communal faith appropriate to a university's different constituencies.

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Professor James Bernauer is a Jesuit priest who joined the faculty in 1980. Bernauer holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook. He has occupied the Visiting Jesuit University Professorship at Loyola University in Chicago and has been a Bannan Visiting Scholar at Santa Clara University. In April 2008 he was named Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College.