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Release: April 10, 2002

Keen to discuss skepticism and faith April 19

Having doubts about faith is not a modern phenomenon. As far back as the 16th century skepticism clouded religious beliefs and teaching. Ralph Keen, an associate professor of religion in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak about the lessons we can learn from history in “Faith in an Age of Skepticism; The Search for Certainty,” Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Newman Catholic Student Center, located on the corner of Clinton and Jefferson streets.

Keen will explore how Catholic thinkers found new ways to ground the faith and found new paths to reassure beliefs of the faith in wake of the 16th Century Reformation and Thirty Years War. He will also discuss the religious thinkers of the 17th Century and their successful search for new faith.

Keen, whose interests include medieval and reformation church history and religious and social thought, has been teaching at the UI since 1993 and is currently the director of undergraduate studies at the UI School of Religion.

His lecture is part of the UI’s Journeys In Faith Speaker’s Forum, which was designed by UI students and staff to address issues of Catholic faith and to explore what religion means to individuals. The forum is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Newman Catholic Student Center and the University Counseling Service. For more information on the forum contact Kathleen Staley at (319) 335-7294.