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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

Events at Chesterton House

Upcoming Events

God & Happiness - Class 5

Spring 2017 Course

Monday, May 1, 2017

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Class

ICS371: God & Happiness
Mondays, 7:30-9:30PM
Location: 314 Anabel Taylor Hall

Taught by Chesterton House Teaching Fellow, Jim Thomforde:

Aristotle wrote that most people “identify living well and doing well with being happy - but with regard to what happiness is they differ.” While most of us have some sense of what happiness is, we might have a hard time explaining this important concept. Every one of us desires to be happy, but without a clear grasp of what we believe about happiness – can we ever hope to attain it? What is happiness? How can we achieve happiness? Join us to explore the ways in which philosophers and theologians of the Early Modern period (~15th-18th centuries), contemporary thinkers, and the Bible help us answer these crucial questions.

REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE ONLINE!

The Priest Who Fathered the Big Bang

St. Albert the Great Forum

Thursday, May 4, 2017

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Partner Event, Public Lecture

Georges Lemaitre was a Belgian mathematician, physicist and Catholic priest who conceived the Big Bang model for the origin of the cosmos. Historical research over the past decade has not only shown how central was Lemaitre’s role in the early 20th century search for cosmic origins, but also illuminates the unique difficulties Lemaitre faced in defending his scientific model in view of his very public profession as priest. I will use this fascinating piece of 20th century scientific history to provide a perspective on the present day polemics regarding the interaction of science and religion.

This lecture is part of the St. Albert the Great Forum, co-sponsored with the Cornell Catholic Community. 

Jonathan Lunine is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science. He has done astrophysical and planetary research for more than 30 years and has been involved in a number of NASA missions, including Cassini to Saturn and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. Lunine earned a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Rochester and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in planetary science from the California Institute of Technology. He is author of two textbooks and co-editor of a book, “Frontiers of Astrobiology” (Cambridge, 2012), based on a Study Week on Astrobiology held by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City, in 2009.

He is a co-founder of the The Society of Catholic Scientists.

 

 

God & Happiness - Class 6

Spring 2017 Course

Monday, May 8, 2017

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Class

ICS371: God & Happiness
Mondays, 7:30-9:30PM
Location: 314 Anabel Taylor Hall

Taught by Chesterton House Teaching Fellow, Jim Thomforde:

Aristotle wrote that most people “identify living well and doing well with being happy - but with regard to what happiness is they differ.” While most of us have some sense of what happiness is, we might have a hard time explaining this important concept. Every one of us desires to be happy, but without a clear grasp of what we believe about happiness – can we ever hope to attain it? What is happiness? How can we achieve happiness? Join us to explore the ways in which philosophers and theologians of the Early Modern period (~15th-18th centuries), contemporary thinkers, and the Bible help us answer these crucial questions.

REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE ONLINE!

Reunion Open House

Join Us!

Saturday, Jun 10, 2017

4:00 pm to 5:50 pm

Public Lecture

Saturday 4:00–5:30 p.m., 115 The Knoll. Join us for this meet-and-greet at the Chesterton House. Enjoy refreshments and fellowship.