Faith & Reason Events

Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. Ph.D.

February 8, 2023, 7:00 PM | Globe Room, Cataldo Hall

"Why Would an All-Loving God Allow Evil and Suffering?"

Perhaps the most wrenching of problems for Christian believers is the continued presence of evil and suffering in the world despite the victory of Christ Jesus. Why would the all-loving God allow such evil into our lives? Fr. Spitzer will address this difficult question in what is sure to be a most memorable talk.


Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. Ph.D., is a Jesuit priest, teacher, author and lecturer on topics ranging from ethics, philosophy, and the relationship between modern physics and Christian faith. Fr. Spitzer has academic degrees from the Gregorian University and the Weston School (Cambridge), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. After teaching at Georgetown University and Seattle University, he served as President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009, and is currently President of the Magis Center and the Spitzer Center. He has made many television appearances and currently appears weekly on EWTN. Among Fr. Spitzer’s many works are the books, The Soul’s Upward Yearning: Clues to Our Transcendent Nature from Experience and Reason; The Light Shines on in The Darkness: Transforming Suffering through Faith; New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions to Late Twentieth Century Physics and Philosophy; and Evidence for God from Contemporary Science and Philosophy.

"Reading the Bible with the Church"

A set of lectures celebrating the publication of The Church and Her Scriptures: Essays in Honor of Patrick J. Hartin, a volume of essays based on lectures sponsored by the Gonzaga Faith and Reason Institute from 2016-19 (for further information see the Church and Her Scriptures page on the Faith and Reason website).

Catherine Tkcaz (Theology, Ukrainian Catholic University)

Februrary 28, 2023, 7-8:30 PM | Wolff Auditorium (JC114), Jepson Center

"The Incarnation as the Reset of Creation"

We are creatures, and when the Son of God took human nature at his Incarnation he sanctified the original creation afresh. He drew forth from his people personal affirmations, and he granted to his people new revelations. The Gospels model for us how to relate to God. Notably, the Virgin Mary was the first to voice her assent to God’s will; Martha of Bethany professed faith in full (“Yes, Lord, I believe…”) face to face with Jesus; and the women of Easter received the revelation of the resurrection and proclaimed it to the Disciples.


Catherine Brown Tkacz earned her Ph.D. from the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame (1983). She is currently Professor of Theology and Guest Lecturer in Women’s Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine, a position she has held since 2015. She was appointed by Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane as Intellectual Formation Consultant for Bishop White Seminary in Spokane, WA. In 2020 she was appointed to the Vatican Commissione di Studio sul Diaconato Femminile by Pope Francis.

Douglas Kries (Philosophy, Gonzaga

March 1, 2023, 7-8:30 PM | Globe Room, Cataldo Hall

"Faith, Reason, and Just War”

St. Augustine was able to interpret the Sermon on the Mount and its command to turn the other cheek so that it might be understood as consistent with the reasonable demand to defend innocent people from unjust aggression. Augustine’s interpretive argument is the basis for Catholic “Just War” teaching. Recent developments in just war thinking address the principle of the immunity of non-combatants from direct attack and so raise again the question of using force to defend the innocent. The historical foundations of just war theory and its recent developments show how faith and reason can work together to enable Christians to think about violence and warfare in a consistent manner.


Douglas Kries has degrees from Seattle University and Boston College, and is currently professor of philosophy at Gonzaga University. He teaches and has published on political philosophy and theology, including work on Augustine, Tocqueville, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.