Scholar to discuss virtues and influence of Jesus’ Beatitudes on Christian life

November 4, 2014

Mesa, Ariz. ~ William C. Mattison III, Ph.D., an expert in the area of fundamental moral theology and the virtue and work of St. Thomas Aquinas, will lecture at Benedictine University at Mesa at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14 as part of the “Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series.”

Mattison will present “The Beatitudes: Virtue and Happiness in this Life and the Next,” in the Community Room of Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, Ariz.

The Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought lecture series puts the University’s rich Catholic intellectual tradition – the search for truth – into practice by inviting accomplished thinkers to participate in an ongoing dialogue with the Benedictine community.

The series brings professors whose work stems from and contributes to the Catholic intellectual tradition, which respects the wisdom of the past while addressing some of the most pertinent questions of the present day. Visiting scholars interact and engage with students and University faculty to examine large and difficult questions and to broaden and deepen their understanding of the interrelationship between faith and reason.

Mattison is an associate professor of Moral Theology and serves as associate dean for Undergraduate Studies at the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America.

He is the author of “Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues” and has edited or co-edited several books including “In Search of a Universal Ethic: A New Look at Natural Law” and “Journal of Moral Theology 1.1: Method in American Catholic Moral Theology.” He has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including The Thomist, Theological Studies, Nova et Vetera, and The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and has contributed chapters in several other books. He is currently working on a new book titled “Virtue, Happiness, and the Sermon on the Mount.”

Mattison has served in leadership roles with the Ethics and Catholic Theology Group and Moral Theology Group at the Society of Christian Ethics, and at the Catholic Theological Society of America. He co-founded and served as executive director of New Wine, New Wineskins, an annual symposium for pretenure Catholic moral theologians.

A question-and-answer session and reception will follow Mattison’s lecture. Kino Institute students, teachers and lay ministers seeking re-certification may receive one continuing education credit from The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix for attending.

Event sponsors include the Department of Theology and the Center for Mission and Identity, which was first established at the University’s Lisle, Ill., campus in 2005 to reinforce the mission and identity of the University as a faith-filled community of learners who embrace the teachings, values and traditions of the Church within an environment of academic freedom and civility.

To RSVP, contact Leana Lowery at llowery@ben.edu or (480) 878-6709.

 

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Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

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