John Cardinal Glennon Lecture
On Saturday April 27, 2013 at 10:30 am, Dr. Randall Colton, Associate Professor of Philosophy for Cardinal Glennon College, introduced Dr. Peter Kreeft to speak at the inaugural John Cardinal Glennon Lecture.
Dr. Kreeft teaches as a professor at Boston College and The King’s College, with 67 works currently published covering topics such as abortion, relativism, angels, Thomistic philosophy, ecumenism, prayer, apologetics, scripture and surfing.
During the Inaugural Lecture, Dr. Kreeft spoke about Blaise Pascal and the New Evangelization. His focus through the talk was to point out some flaws that society was struggling to deal with, and how can open a dialogue with people who have bought into them.
To Dr. Kreeft, the four causes for the decline of Christian Influence were crises of reason, crisis of morality, technology, and crisis of passions.“The smarter you are the smarter you can be,” Dr. Kreeft says. This meaning that you can study all you want, but misapplying that knowledge gets you nowhere.
The lecture was not all gloom and doom of where society was going, but how we can re-Evangelize to help people. To reach out to people does not always have to be intellectual, but to reach out and appeal to the heart. The best way Dr. Kreeft says is to have them meet a saint. Not in a book, but in real life by your own example, or send them to the Missionaries of Charity.
“Dr. Kreeft is a living example of a truth close to the heart of Glennon College. Clear thinking and sound philosophy can help us both to understand the gospel we proclaim and to bring others to a personal encounter with our living Lord through that proclamation.”
- Dr. Randall Colton
St. Joseph’s Radio recorded the lecture and has copies available for purchase. To order a copy of the recording, contact St. Joseph’s Radio at email@example.com with the e-mail Title: Peter Kreeft Lecture CD.
Senior John Schneier of the Archdiocese of St. Louis questions Dr. Kreeft during the Quesiton and Answer Section following the main lecture.