Food for Thought Lecture Series

The aim of our Food for Thought lecture series is to encourage undergraduate students to think about and discuss important issues related to the Philosophy of Religion.  Undergraduate students enjoy a talk given by an outside speaker, discussion led by graduate students at their tables, question and answer with the speaker, and a free catered meal. The events are held at Notre Dame.

Upcoming Lectures


"How tolerant can religious believers really be?"
February 25, 2016 - Anne Jeffrey (Notre Dame)
Coleman-Morse Center, 1st Floor Lounge

It’s good to be tolerant of others’ religious views, right? Not only does it seem like the morally enlightened thing to do, but also helps keep peace in a diverse society like ours. And as philosopher John Stuart Mill argued in the 19th century, by allowing citizens to air many different points of view, we increase the chances of real social and intellectual progress.

But it looks like certain religious believers are forced to deny that tolerance of other religions is valuable. Christianity, for instance, claims that there is only one truth and one right way to live; and Christians are called to make disciples of non-believers, not sit back and let non-believers continue in their mistaken beliefs and lives of sin. Can members of exclusivist religions like this be genuine and coherent in tolerating non-believers? 

We will discuss this question at this spring’s "Food for Thought," a dinner and discussion series open to undergraduates at the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College. Over a free catered dinner, participants will listen to Anne Jeffrey, a research fellow in the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame, give a brief talk. Then, they will discuss the talk with their peers, and follow up with Dr. Jeffrey in a Q&A session. The event will take place in the first floor lounge of Coleman-Morse at 6:30pm on Thursday, February 25th.

RSVP on Facebook or email if you would like to attend.

Past Lectures

"Can Atheists Know Anything?" - Blake Roeber (Notre Dame)

"Felix Culpa!" - Hud Hudson (Western Washington University)

"Six words you say you believe: Some thoughts on the Nicene Creed" - Jeff Speaks (Notre Dame)

'Catching Fire: Discipline and Docile Bodies in the Hunger Games' - Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)

'Plato, Confucius, Golf, and the Good Human Life' - Stephen Laumakis (University of St. Thomas)

'Faith, Reason, and the Knowledge of God' - Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame)

'I Told Me So: Self-Deception and Morality in Everyday Life' - Gregg Ten Elshof (Biola University)

'Divine Hiddennes, Divine Life' - Trent Dougherty (Baylor), Michael Rea (Notre Dame), and Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame)

'Beauty for Ashes: Evil, Suffering, and the Christian Roots of Jazz' - William Edgar (SUNY)

'Life, Death, Freedom: Jesus Questions Nietzsche' - Greg Ganssle (Yale)

'Does Evolution Explain (Away) Our Belief in God?' - Michael J. Murray (John Templeton Foundation)

‘Contemporary Issues in Hell: Hot Topics and High Stakes’ - Jerry Walls (Houston Baptist University)