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Spring lecture series to conclude
archived from: 2012-05-07
by: Chuck Moody, Associate Editor

Theology professor to speak May 10

Dr. Bill Wright, an associate professor of theology at Duquesne University, will close the spring lecture series for the Diocese of Pittsburgh with a presentation on “Faith Seeking Understanding — Understanding Seeking Faith” May 10 at St. Paul Seminary’s recently refurbished O’Connor Hall in Crafton.

“The main subject of the presentation is the Catholic teaching on the relationship of faith and reason,” Wright said. “Catholicism has long affirmed the compatibility between what human beings know by our natural powers of reason and divine revelation, which we know by God’s gift of faith. As the title suggests, the presentation will examine this topic from the angles of both divine revelation and human reason, i.e. ‘faith seeking understanding’ and ‘understanding seeking faith.’”

Wright is a biblical scholar and theologian. His area of specialization is the New Testament and the Gospel according to John in particular.

“The presentation will be geared primarily toward a general Catholic audience with an interest in learning more about the faith,” he said. “I hope, however, that all non-Catholics, who might be interested in learning more about Catholic thinking on this topic, will find much in the presentation that is helpful.”

As an associate professor at Duquesne who received his doctorate from Emory University, Wright said much of his work consists of teaching and research. “I have the opportunity to teach students at all levels of the university — from undergraduates to doctoral students,” he said. “I also spend time doing research and writing for various projects, such as books, scholarly articles and paper presentations. I have also served on committees at different levels of the university.

“I am a biblical scholar, and a major interest of mine is the relationship between biblical studies and Catholic tradition and teaching. The presentation will consider how certain biblical texts both inform and illumine the Catholic teaching on faith and reason.”

The spring series is titled “The Church Alive! Growing the Church of Pittsburgh,” which is taken from Bishop David Zubik’s first pastoral letter. The lectures are sponsored by the diocesan Secretariat for Catholic Education and Department for Religious Education. They are open to the public, and there is no admission fee. However, free-will offerings will be accepted. The lecture will be from 7:30-9 p.m. in the seminary’s auditorium at 2900 Noblestown Road.




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