Prager University is offering its newest course, focused on faith and reason. The video class is from the Religion/Philosophy Department and features Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, who touches on science and philosophy in his discussion.
Kreeft introduces the theme of the discussion by stating, “Faith in God is a lot more rational than atheism”.
Kreeft begins his argument with a concept offered by St. Thomas Aquinas, Italian Dominican priest and philosopher, that states that nothing moves for no reason. Using radioactive decay as an example of an action with no known cause, Kreeft notes that just because scientists don’t see the initial cause doesn’t mean there isn’t one; the cause simply remains to be discovered.
The Boston College professor then moves onto science. Kreeft remarks that scientists have determined that the universe is about 13.7 billion years old. Therefore, he states, “If there is a Big Bang, then there is a Big Banger.”
He concludes: “It takes faith to believe everything comes from nothing. It takes reason to believe everything comes from God”.
Kreeft is an expert on talking about God and morality, and makes it accessible to everyone. He has written 67 books on topics ranging from theology, philosophy, history and ethics, to surfing. The books include Before I Go: Letters to Our Children About What Really Matters and Jesus Shock. He also partnered with Ronald K. Tacelli, SJ, a series of essays: Twenty Arguments for the Existence of God.
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