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Christianity, human nature subject for Wheatley Institution lecture Oct. 7

Michael Novak, a philosopher, theologian and author, will present a Brigham Young University Wheatley Institution lecture Thursday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium.

His presentation is titled “The Christian Conception of Human Nature” and is the second of seven presentations hosted by the Wheatley Institution this school year on the topic of “Foundations of Civic Life.”

Novak is the George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute. He was the recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1994 and has been an emissary to the U.N. Human Rights Commission and to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has written 27 books on the philosophy and theology of culture, especially the essential elements of a free society.

He has previously taught at Harvard University, Stanford University, the State University of New York at Old Westbury, Syracuse University (as a Ledden-Watson Chair) and the University of Notre Dame (as a Welch Chair).

He received a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College, a bachelor’s of sacred theology from Gregorian University in Rome and a master’s in history and philosophy of religion from Harvard University.

The Wheatley Institution was founded in 2007 to enhance the academic climate and scholarly reputation of BYU and to enrich faculty and student experiences by contributing recognized scholarship that lifts society by preserving and strengthening its core institutions.

For more information about the presentation, visit wheatley.byu.edu or contact Emily Reynolds at (801) 422-8262 or emily_reynolds@byu.edu.

Writer: Philip Volmar

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Photo by Mark A. Philbrick/BYU Photo

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