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The Gonzaga Socratic Club was founded in Fall 2004 to promote reflection on and inquiry into the Christian worldview.
In the spirit of Socrates, our aim is to "follow the argument wherever it leads" concerning Christian beliefs and practices. Anyone interested in thinking about and discussing Christianity--and more broadly religion, worldview beliefs, and contemporary culture--is welcome to participate in the activities of the Gonzaga Socratic Club. While the word "club" is in the name, there are no membership requirements, secret handshake, or hazing ritual. Just join us when we meet! (There is an email list you can sign up for to stay current with information about the Club.)

The Gonzaga Socratic Club takes its inspiration from the Oxford Socratic Club, which was founded at Oxford University in 1941 and presided over by C. S. Lewis from its founding until his move to Cambridge University in 1954. The Club held a special celebration of C. S. Lewis at the meeting on Friday, November 22, 2013, the 50th anniversary of Lewis' death; video of that event is available here. The 10th Anniversary of the Gonzaga Socratic Club featured a look back to the history of the Oxford Socratic Club by philosopher James Stockton of Boise State University; video of that event is here.

Meetings of the Gonzaga Socratic Club are normally held once a month during the academic year, four times each semester. We begin academic year 2018-19 with a special series of events, co-sponsored with the Gonzaga Faith & Reason Institute, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II's encyclical Fides et ratio (Faith and Reason), which was promulgated on Sept 14, 1998. While more info will be forthcoming, we have dates, times, and speakers already on the schedule. We hope you will join us in celebrating this important document.

Thu, Sept 13, 7 pm
Cataldo Globe Room
Robert Royal, Author; President, Faith & Reason Institute (Washington DC); Editor-in-Chief, The Catholic Thing
"Beyond Reason's Wax Nose"

Fri, Sept 14, 7 pm
Cataldo Globe Room
Charles J. Chaput, OFMCap, Archbishop of Philadelphia
"Fides et Ratio: The 20th Anniversary"
Wed, Sept 19, 7 pm
Hemmingson 004
Film Screening Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism

Mon, Sept 24, 7 pm
Jundt 110
Panel discussion: including Doug Kries (Philosophy, Gonzaga) and Tom Jeannot (Philosophy, Gonzaga) "Fides et Ratio: The 20th Anniversary"
Mon, Nov 5, 5:30 pm
Jundt 110
Dan Churchwell, Associate Director of Program Outreach, Acton Institute
"Evangelical Christian Reflections on the Significance of Fides et Ratio"

Video recordings of Gonzaga Socratic Club meetings since Fall 2010 are available as links on the archived schedule of events; audio of some meetings before Fall 2010 is also available. You can also browse videos of Socratic Club meetings on the gonzagasocraticclub channel on YouTube; be sure to comment on and "like" videos you find interesting.


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To sign up for Gonzaga Socratic Club listserv, with occasional informational emails regarding activities of the club, click here. For information about the Gonzaga Socratic Club or to propose topics or speakers for future meetings, contact the Club Director:

David Calhoun


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