CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
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Release: April 10, 2002
Keen to discuss skepticism and faith April 19
Having doubts about faith is not a modern phenomenon. As far back as the
16th century skepticism clouded religious beliefs and teaching. Ralph Keen,
an associate professor of religion in the University of Iowa College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, will speak about the lessons we can learn from history
in Faith in an Age of Skepticism; The Search for Certainty, Friday,
April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Newman Catholic Student Center, located on the
corner of Clinton and Jefferson streets.
Keen will explore how Catholic thinkers found new ways to ground the faith
and found new paths to reassure beliefs of the faith in wake of the 16th Century
Reformation and Thirty Years War. He will also discuss the religious thinkers
of the 17th Century and their successful search for new faith.
Keen, whose interests include medieval and reformation church history and
religious and social thought, has been teaching at the UI since 1993 and is
currently the director of undergraduate studies at the UI School of Religion.
His lecture is part of the UIs Journeys In Faith Speakers Forum,
which was designed by UI students and staff to address issues of Catholic
faith and to explore what religion means to individuals. The forum is free
and open to the public and is sponsored by the Newman Catholic Student Center
and the University Counseling Service. For more information on the forum contact
Kathleen Staley at (319) 335-7294.