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.
Paul Rea set the tone early, blazing the trail the first four laps before Grey Ferrando took control. By Ben Deatherage The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature began with Jimmy Ford showing the way. Ford battled hard with Aaron Bloom for some time. Bloom edged Ford at the line of lap three before Ford regained the position on lap 10. Collen Winebarger ended his evening in second while Bricen James posted a third-place result. Finishing fourth was Rea and rounding out the top five was Jake Mayden. Ferrando navigated his machine in the top spot until lap nine. Williamson was the one to make the pass, driving his younger brother Kevin’s car, and held on for the balance of the distance for his first victory of the year. Jesse Williamson’s first IMCA Modified win of the season came Friday in Freedom Cup action at Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Deatherage) Ford suffered a mechanical issue while in front of the pack on lap 13, handing the top spot over to Isaac Sanders. Sanders placed second while Jorddon Braaten finished third. The rest of the top five consisted of David Schmidt and Matt Sanders. Sanders lost the position shortly after the restart to Braedon Hand, who cruised the rest of the way to the win. COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 5) – Jesse Williamson raced to his first Mohawk Metal IMCA Modified feature win of the season on the second night of Cottage Grove Speedway’s Freedom Cup.