Austin WalkerLumen Christi Institute
Madison ChastainLumen Christi Institute
Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute’s Newman Forum. Open to current high school students. This event was made possible by a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.
Could God make something that He couldn't move? If God is perfect, why are humanity and the world so imperfect?
In March of 2019, a San Diego State University professor of philosophy submitted an Opinion piece to the New York Times in which he claimed that God is an incoherent concept. The above are just some of the questions you will undoubtedly hear when you go off to college and encounter passionate, athiest philosophy professors like him for the first time. In fact, you might hear these questions already from peers or family members! What do we do about these arguments that seem so insurmountable?
The way to counter these arguments is much easier than you think. During this hour-long webinar, we will read together the NYT article and discover how, just using our own common sense and the powers of close reading, what seem to be complex, undeniable proofs for the absurdity of God's existence are actually easily toppled through the logic they themselves utilize.
You won't need a Bible, you won't need a philosophy textbook, you won't need a college degree: You'll just need the mind you already have.
How does that sound? Want to be able to outsmart a college philosophy professor with your own high school brain?
Austin Walker is Assistant Director of the Lumen Christi Institute, where he heads the Newman Forum for high school students. A native of Mandeville, Louisiana, Austin received a B.A. in Classical Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before spending four years teaching high school (English, Latin, Drama) in the Mississippi Delta. He moved to Chicago where he is finishing a Ph.D. on Saint John Henry Newman's Political Philosophy in the Committee on Social Thought. He taught religion for four years at St. Vincent Ferrer Middle School and currently teaches in the University of Chicago's Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults. At Lumen Christi, he directs the Newman Forum for high school students and assists with campus programming and development.
Madison Chastain is Program Coordinator of the Newman Forum, the Lumen Christi Institute's programming for high school students. Madison received a BA from Saint Mary's College of California, where she studied English as well as Theology and Religious Studies. After spending a year teaching religion to middle schoolers in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Lasallian Volunteer, Madison came to the University of Chicago Divinity School where she is finishing her MA. Her research focuses on Catholic disability theology and medical ethics.