Get some food for thought during faith and reason course

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By Kirsten Laskey

Starting Wednesday, Los Alamos residents will be given some food for thought. During the Faith and Reason course, participants will have a lot to munch on.Faith and Reason, is a free, six-week course based on an encyclical by Pope John Paul II. The course will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through May 21 at St. Thomas More Center at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. During each class, facilitators Steve Levings and Tom Farish will make a presentation before opening the class up to discussion.Encyclicals, Farish explained, are written by popes to expose people to important issues.For the course, “they will pick out the meaty bits and chew on them bit,” Farish said.He explained the encyclical will be broken into five pieces and different “-isms,” such as idealism, will be discussed.Levings explained the five pieces correspond roughly to the chapters in the encyclical. The first class, he said, will introduce the encyclical and the philosophy of ideas discussed in the work.The purpose of the course is to get people acquainted with the philosophy that fathered the church, but seems to have faded from people’s consciences during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Farish said. “God gave us a mind and heart and we’re suppose use them both to be human,” Farish said.Everyone is welcome to participate in the course.

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