The John Thompson Christian Philosophy Lecture
The John Thompson Christian Philosophy Lecture features distinguished scholars in the philosophy of religion. Lecturers have included such major figures in philosophy of religion as Marilyn McCord Adams (Yale Divinity), Norman Kretzman (Cornell), Alvin Plantinga (Notre Dame), William Wainwright (Wisconsin/Milwaukee), and Taneli Kukkonen (University of Helsinki).
The 2003-2004 Thompson Lecture, co-sponsored with the Department of Religious Studies, was given in March by Fergus Kerr, OP, Regent of Studies of the English Province of the Order of Preachers, editor of New Blackfriars, and head of Blackfriars Hall at Oxford University. Fr. Kerr's books include After Aquinas, Immortal Longings: Versions of Transcending Humanity, and Theology after Wittgenstein.
The 2004-2005 Thompson Lecture was delivered by Dr. Patricia Johnson of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Dayton, on the topic "Spiritual Friendship and Christian Academic Community." She is currently working on a book on friendship.
The 2005-2006 Thompson Lecture was delivered by James L. Marsh on the topic "Philosophy and Liberation: Philosophy in the Light of Catonsville." Dr. Marsh is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University and is the past president of the American Catholic Philosophy Association.
The 2006-2007 Thompson Lecture was delivered by Jean Porter, O'Brien Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University.
The 2007-2008 lecture was delivered by Merold Westphal of Fordham University on "The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism."
Undergraduate philosophy students have the opportunity to meet and talk with our Thompson lecturers.