Fr. Robert Barron addressed atheism in his lecture on Tuesday evening as part of Saint Mary’s 14th annual St. Thomas Aquinas Symposium. Barron, a Notre Dame graduate and professor of systematic theology at Saint Mary’s of the Lake, titled his lecture, “Thomas Aquinas and Why Atheists are Right.” “New atheists have emerged as strident critics of religion. I have found that more often than not I agree with them, for the God they deny is one that I would deny as well,” he said. Barron’s address focused on the definition of truth and the perception of God in both believers and atheists alike. Barron said atheists and Catholics define God in different ways. Atheists focus on what God is not rather than what God is. However, religions are often stigmatized in modern society. Barron stressed the importance of a Catholic’s ability to address and debate religion in a public setting. Dr. Joe Incandela, the event’s organizer and Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology, said the message of a deep and clear understanding of God’s existence is both relevant and necessary on Saint Mary’s campus. “Aquinas brings faith and reason together [in his beliefs],” Incandela said. “When we do that, we’re participating in a theology that, in a sense, is being done through divine revelation.” The College is a place to discuss theology openly, he said. “You can do theology in public, and it can be fun,” Incandela said. ” And I think that Saint Mary’s is a home for that theology.” Barron’s renowned global media ministry ranges from YouTube to books to podcasts and DVDs, as well as the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN). As an award-winning author, he has been invited to speak across America and abroad, including the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. As stated by his website, wordonfire.org, his preaching has a straightforward and revolutionary mission: to evangelize the culture. A crowd of about 150 gathered in the student center to hear Barron. The lecture was sponsored by Joyce McMahon Hank, a 1952 graduate of Saint Mary’ s and member of the College’ s Board of Trustees.
Ron EgglesonRonald Eggleston 79, of Winfield,Â diedÂ on May 6, 2015 atÂ Winfield Senior Living Center in Winfield.Graveside Funeral services will be heldÂ at 11:00 a.m.Â Tuesday, May 12thÂ at the Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Kansas.Â Visitation in will be held Monday from 9:00Â a.m.Â until 8:00 p.m. at theÂ Shelley FamilyÂ Funeral Home,Â 803 LoomisÂ in Winfield, Kansas.Â The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Â In lieu of flowers,Â memorialsÂ may be sent toÂ theÂ Winfield Senior Living Center. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Ronald B. Eggleston was born on March 13, 1936 the son of Glenn and Florence (Winifred) Cundiff in Marshalltown, Iowa. He was a 1954 graduate of Marshalltown High School and earned his degree in Music Education from Wichita State University. On August 9, 1958 he was united in marriage with Judy Hentzen in Wichita, Kansas. Ron served as a police officer for the city of Wichita for over 21 years. Ron enjoyed shooting guns and riding motorcycles.Survivors include his wife Judy of the home, daughter, Jeannine Graham of Winfield, sons, Randall Eggleston and wife Joanne and Richard Eggleston both of Athens, GA, 4 grandchildren, Andrea Moore and husband Dustin, Katharine Eggleston and Andrew Eggleston, 3 great grandchildren Makynze, Milee and Logan Moore and sister Glenda EdwardsÂ and husband Bob of New Braunfels, TX.Preceding him in death are his parents and grandson, Dustin Shuck and special dog Nikita.