The Challenge of Christian Humanism

About the Event

This symposium featured a roundtable discussion and dinner. Remarks were made by John Henry Crosby, John F. Crosby, and R.R. Reno. Open discussion was moderated by Duncan Sahner. The challenge of Christian Humanism was discussed as an authentic vision of Christian culture for the modern era and a tangible way in which the restoration of the Church and society can be accomplished. 

About the Presenters

 John Henry Crosby is the President and Founder of the Hildebrand Project. He is also a translator, writer, critic, and cultural entrepreneur. Additionally, Crosby is the editor of a new edition of Dietrich von Hildebrand's The Heart (St. Augustine's Press, 2007). He joined John F. Crosby as co-translator of Hildebrand's major philosophical work, The Nature of Love (St. Augustine's Press, 2010). Most recently he is the primary compiler, editor, and translator of Hildebrand’s anti-Nazi papers, My Battle Against Hitler (Random House, 2014). 

 John F. Crosby was formerly a professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas. Since 1990 he has been a professor of philosophy and founding chairman of the MA Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville; he also serves as Senior Fellow at the Hildebrand Legacy Project. A student of Dietrich von Hildebrand, Prof. Crosby is known internationally for his many articles and for his two major books in personalist philosophy, The Selfhood of the Human Person (1996) and Personalist Papers (2003).

 R.R. Reno is the editor of First Things magazine. He was formerly a professor of theology and ethics at Creighton University. Reno is the author of several books, including "Fighting the Noonday Devil", a theological commentary on the Book of Genesis in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series for which he also serves as general editor, "In the Ruins of the Church", and "Redemptive Change: Atonement and the Cure of the Soul". He has also coauthored two books, "Heroism and The Christian Life" and "Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible". His scholarly work ranges widely in systematic and moral theology, as well as in controverted questions of biblical interpretation.


Monday, November 14, 2011

3:00pm: Welcome: Introductions

3:15pm: An Unusual Yet Much Needed Forum: Explaining the Purpose of the Roundtable

3:25pm: So You Think You're A Christian Humanist: Presenting key ideas from Vatican II and the Magisterium of John Paul II

3:45: Response and Reflections

4:00pm: Open Floor: Roundtable participants engage with presenters.

4:45pm: Christian Humanism Applied

5:50pm: Concluding Remarks

7:00pm: Dinner and Informal Conversation


November 14, 2011


New York, NY

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