Episode 21 Robert P. George on the idea of the university

In this edition of Thinking with the Church, a conversation with Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, also at Princeton.

In thinking through the nature and scope of Catholic education, we thought it would be good to hear from a committed Catholic academic, whose faith informs his intellectual life and professional endeavor, which he lives and carries out in an institutional environment that – while not at odds with Catholic faith or commitment – is nevertheless not dedicated to the specifically Catholic embodiment of the idea of the university.

Robert P. George

Though there is much talk – not all of it unwarranted, not by a long shot – of antagonistic attitudes and even hostility toward persons of religious conviction within secular institutions,   Professor George told us his academic home – Princeton – has been for him a place and a community in which he has always been able to be dedicated to the free and unfettered discussion of all ideas in pursuit of truth.

Next time on Thinking with the Church, we begin to explore the role of the arts in education, especially in Catholic education.

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