Faculty talk centers on naturalism and theism

Randall Poole

Randall Poole

A free faculty presentation will explore one of humankind's oldest questions at 3:40 p.m. Friday, March 31 in Tower room 4119 on campus.

Professor of History Randall Poole, Ph.D., will give a presentation titled "The Mystery and Meaning of Being Human: Liberal Education in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition."

Poole will delve into some age-old questions during his discussion, such as: Is there more than the natural universe in space and time? Or is nature all there is? Can everything ultimately be explained and understood in terms of naturalistic causes and processes? Or is there more?

Poole contends that in response to this series of questions there really are only two possible worldviews: naturalism and theism. The defense of theism is at the center of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and Poole will take up that defense in his lecture. He will argue that appreciating the mystery and meaning of being human - of human personhood - is both the ground of the rational defense of theism and also the purpose or end of liberal education in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Poole holds the Benedictine Chair in General Education, and he will make his colloquium presentation in appreciation of that role.

His 40-minute presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. The event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

The workshop is part of a faculty colloquium series now in its tenth year. The series provides visibility to diverse research projects by faculty members in St. Scholastica's School of Arts and Letters.