The Magis Center of Reason and Faith Speakers Bureau
Intellectual Evangelization through Cutting Edge Research – Bringing Reason and Faith to Your Doorstep

For the vast majority of people in today’s secular society, there is a chasm of doubt and skepticism separating them from the Church and the richness of its teachings. The Magis Center of Reason and Faith exists to help millions of souls successfully cross that chasm. One of the ways that Magis does this is through a bureau of dynamic speakers who present on various areas of intellectual evangelization throughout the United States.

MAGIS CENTER’S FOUR PILLARS OF INTELLECTUAL EVANGELIZATION

Science, Reason & Faith

The topic of Science, Reason & Faith is the first of four pillars of intellectual evangelization, addressing the mythical conflict between faith and science. Many of our young people (and adults) have come to believe, at least partially, in this secular myth which may be stated as follows: “Faith and science are in conflict; science is truth; therefore, faith must be a fantasy.” This secular myth does not stand up to the evidence for creation and transcendence from contemporary science. The evidence we present is quite compelling, and can maintain, defend, and even advance the faith of people who may be influenced by this myth.

Happiness & Suffering

The topic of Happiness & Suffering is concerned with the second of four pillars of intellectual evangelization, addressing the mythical conflict between suffering and love. Many of our young people (and adults) have come to believe, at least partially, in this secular myth which may be stated as follows: “If God were loving, he would not permit suffering in the world – particularly the suffering of innocent people. Since there is tremendous suffering, even of the innocent, I must conclude that either God is not loving (in which case, he is not relevant to me), or he does not exist at all.” This secular myth does not stand up to the evidence of human transcendence or a philosophical assessment of happiness, suffering, and love. The evidence we present is quite compelling, and can maintain, defend, and advance the faith of people who may be influenced by this myth.

Virtue & Freedom

The topic of Virtue & Freedom is concerned with the third of four pillars of intellectual evangelization, addressing the mythical conflict between virtue and freedom. Many of our young people (and adults) have come to believe, at least partially, in this secular myth which may be stated as follows: “Jesus Christ and the Church impose a bunch of rules and ‘should nots’ on all of us, but there are many other viewpoints that allow for more freedom and personal opinion. Why should I follow the teachings of Christ and the Church instead of these other viewpoints – which seem equally valid?” This secular myth does not stand up to a philosophical assessment of virtue and freedom (particularly in light of the revelation of Jesus Christ). The evidence we present is quite compelling, and can maintain, defend, and advance the faith of people who may be influenced by it.

The Significance and Reality of Jesus

The topic of The Significance & Reality of Jesus is concerned with the fourth of four pillars of intellectual evangelization, addressing skepticism about the significance and reality of Jesus. As noted on our homepage, many of our young people (and adults) have come to believe this secular myth which may be stated as follows: “If our moral life, prayer life, and Church community are all grounded in the teaching of Jesus Christ, how can I be sure that he even walked or talked on this earth? Why is Jesus more significant than any other prophet or wise man?” This secular myth does not stand up to recent historical studies of the New Testament and to the intrinsic truth of Jesus’ teaching on love and the triune God. The evidence we present is quite compelling, and can maintain, defend, and advance the faith of people who may be influenced by this myth.

Please Note: The Speakers Bureau currently presents on the following two areas: Science, Reason, & Faith and Happiness & Suffering. We are in the process of developing the other two areas (Virtue & Freedom and The Reality of Jesus).

MAGIS SPEAKERS

Spitzer1_round_optFr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D.
Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., PhD. is President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith and is primarily responsible for the development of resources in all four areas of intellectual evangelization. He is available to speak to diocesan wide events (such as faith formation days), major conferences (such as NCEA and SCREC), university presentations, and media appearances for Catholic, secular, and public media. Appearances to specific high schools and parishes are limited to the area of Orange County and Los Angeles, California.

To view a sample of one of Fr. Spitzer’s presentations, click here.

Speaker Fee:

• Negotiable according to venue



joe_miller_round_optJoe Miller, M.A. (Philosophy & Theology)

Joseph G. Miller is the Executive Vice President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith. Joe holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from the Notre Dame Graduate School in Alexandria, VA and is completing an M.A. in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Before coming to the Magis Center, he served as board member and vice president for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).

Speaker Fee:

• Negotiable according to venue



CLeBlancPic_round_optClaude LeBlanc, M.A.

Claude LeBlanc is available to do workshops for high school teachers on how to present material on the four areas of intellectual evangelization (click here). During the school year, he is available for presentations in Southern California. During the summer he is available to do workshops in other parts of the U.S. He has worked for nearly 30 years as a Catholic high school educator, and has served as a theology teacher, theology department chair, director of religion education, dean of students, and vice principal, among other offices. He is a coauthor of the Faculty Resource Manuals and workbooks for the high school resources at the Magis Center.





SPEAKING OPTIONS

1. A speaker can come to your parish, high school, conference or any venue to give one or multiple presentations. Multiple parish /
high school tours in the same area are encouraged.

2. A speaker can run a full day workshop (9 am to 4:30 pm) for high school faculty, catechists, and youth ministry leaders to
introduce them to the basic concepts and resources addressing the four topics of intellectual evangelization.

BOOKING INFORMATION

1. Fill out the application below completely and submit. A Magis speaker’s bureau representative will contact you.

2. Contact Magis Center at (949) 271-2727 ext. 4 if you are having trouble filling out the application below.

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