Dr. Christopher Baglow to speak at Christus Theological Institute March 18

Tue, 03/02/2010 (All day)

March 2, 2010

Mobile, Ala – Dr. Christopher Baglow, Professor of Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program for lay students at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans is the featured speaker for the Christus Theological Institute lecture at Spring Hill College on Thursday, March 18.

His lecture “Belief Under Assault: Scientific Atheism and the Assault on Reason and Faith” begins at 7 p.m. in Byrne Memorial Hall on the Spring Hill College campus.

Drawing upon research from his most recent book, “Faith, Science & Reason:  Theology on the Cutting Edge,” Baglow will discuss the theories of certain contemporary thinkers, including Richard Dawkins and the “New Atheists,” who claim that religious faith is an outdated form of scientific ignorance and that science has disproved the existence of God. During his presentation, he will examine that position and raise a new possibility: that modern science has actually strengthened the credibility of the Christian faith, which is itself an affirmation of a scientific approach to the universe.

Baglow earned a B.A. in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, an M.A. in theology from the University of Dallas, and a Ph.D. in theology from Duquesne University. He has taught theology for 19 years at the high school and college level and has served as Junior Professor, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Apostolic Formation, Chair of the Division of Philosophy and Theological Studies, and the Director of the Baton Rouge Religious Studies Institute at Saint Joseph Seminary College in Covington, La. Baglow also founded the Abbey Youth Festival and the New Evangelization Society.

In March 2003 Baglow became the first appointee to the Sue Ellen M. Canizaro Chair in Catholic Theology at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, where he served for six years as Chair of the Department of Theology.

The Christus Theological Institute, which is housed at Spring Hill College, is a grassroots consortium of Mobile bay area churches joined in the quest to promote a deeper understanding of the Christian faith.