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7:00 PM | Divine Testimony Confirmed By Signs: The Role of Evidence in the Act of Faith According to Thomas Aquinas

Duke University
Perkins Library
Room 217

A lecture by Fr. James Brent, OP (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception)

7:00 PM

This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Catholic Center

Free and open to the public.

Event Description:

Faith is believing God's own testimony set forth by the ancient prophets and apostles of Jesus. Their testimony is confirmed to be God's own testimony by a variety of abundant signs or truth-indicators that are accessible to human reason and satisfying to consider. Following the wisdom of Thomas Aquinas, this talk introduces anew the ancient practice of rational reflection upon the many signs that verify the divine origin of the testimony and discusses the place of such rational reflection in the life of faith.

Speaker Bio:

Fr. James Dominic Brent, O.P. was born and raised in Michigan. He pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in Philosophy, and completed his doctorate in Philosophy at Saint Louis University on the epistemic status of Christian beliefs according to Saint Thomas Aquinas. He has articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Natural Theology, in the Oxford Handbook of Thomas Aquinas on “God’s Knowledge and Will”, and an article forthcoming on “Thomas Aquinas” in the Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology. He earned his STL from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, and was ordained a priest in the same year. He taught in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America from 2010- 2014, and spent the year of 2014-2015 doing full time itinerant preaching on college campuses across the United States.