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Le Moyne College Hosts McDevitt Lecture on Spirituality and Academic Theology

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a talk by J. Matthew Ashley on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium. The talk is titled “Jesuit Spirituality and Academic Theology” and is part of the McDevitt lecture series on “Science and Religion in Modern America.”

While St. Ignatius did not found the Jesuits with the explicit idea of establishing and operating colleges and universities, this is probably the accomplishment for which they are best known today. But what are the connections between Ignatian spirituality and the multi-faceted work of a modern college or university? This lecture draws on Karl Rahner and Ignacio Ellacuria — two 20th century Jesuits who worked in very different settings — to illuminate this important issue.

J. Matthew Ashley is associate professor of systematic theology and chair of the department of theology at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theology and physics from St. Louis University, a master’s degree in systematic theology from Weston School of Theology and a doctorate in theology from the University of Chicago.

Ashley’s talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation. For more information, call (315) 445-6200.

“Science and Religion in Modern America” is an initiative led by the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne. Its principal aim is to engage members of the campus community, as well as the broader Central New York community, in a candid, respectful conversation about the complex and seemingly disparate subjects of science and religion. The central pillars of this two-year endeavor are nine public lectures by eminent scholars, which will be held over the course of three academic semesters, and a concluding conference, which will be held in the spring of 2014. All of these events will be digitally recorded and made available on the McDevitt Center website, located at

www.lemoyne.edu/mcdevitt



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posted on: 1/8/2013