LAKE FOREST – For its fourth consecutive summer, the St. Mary’s Adult Education Committee is hosting the “Summer School of Faith” for five Tuesday evenings beginning June 14, 2016. Sessions start at 7 p.m. in the Stuart Room at Gorton Community Center and are free and open to the public.
This summer’s lectures focus on overcoming secular obstacles to faith in the 21st Century. These classes are especially helpful in answering fundamental questions, including “Why believe in God at all?”
The lectures kick off Tuesday, June 14, with a critical examination of the claims of secularists, including Stephen Hawking, the Church’s role in the search for scientific knowledge, “Big Bang” cosmology and its implication for metaphysics, and the false opposition of religion and science in today’s culture, by which modern man justifies his agnosticism. By the end of five lectures, attendees may understand why Werner Heisenberg, Nobel Laureate in Physics, is said to have quipped: “The first gulp from the glass of the natural sciences will turn you into an atheist. But at the bottom of the glass, God is waiting for you.”
Back once again to lead the sessions, lecturer Charles H. Craigmile holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy, with minors in Latin and Greek from the University of St. Thomas, an MA in philosophy from DePaul University, and an MBA from JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Charles has also completed three-years’ course work toward a graduate degree in Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. Over the last 25 years, Charles has taught Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) programs across the Chicago area and led summer programs in recent years at Church of Saint Mary in Lake Forest. He is president and CEO of Revenova, LLC, the leading Cloud-based Transportation Management Application built on the Salesforce.com platform. Previously, he was president and CEO of Forseva which he sold to Equifax in 2014.
The five sessions include:
- Tuesday, June 14: Modern Secularism—The False Opposition of Religion and Science
- Tuesday, June 21: The Evidence for God in Physics and Metaphysics
- Tuesday, June 28: Religion, Secularism and Violence in History–The Real Culprits
- Tuesday, July 5: How to Read the Bible– Help for Secularists and Curious Christians
- Tuesday, July 12: The Dictatorship of Relativism versus True Christian Freedom
All Tuesday evening sessions take place at Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest and begin promptly at 7 p.m. Inquiries and advance lecture notes are available at: [email protected] or by contacting St. Mary’s at 847-234-0205. Sessions are also videoed and promptly uploaded to Church of St. Mary Youtube and Non Aliam Nisi Te Youtube sites.
Submitted by the Church of St. Mary in Lake Forest