Monk's Cellar: Christopher Owens, Religion and the Common Good

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Monk's Cellar
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Join us for an evening of fellowship and great discussion as we welcome our Diocese's new Director of Family and Faith Formation, Christopher Owens. 

Religion and the Common Good: An Integral Vision for Church and State
“Religion and Politics”: two things that mom always said you should never talk about in polite company. Yet, this was not always the way, but rather the fruit of several movements during the enlightenment period which resulted in the emergence of the new “liberal,” or, “free” society. As Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman observed: “since… [in the liberal society] religion is so personal a peculiarity and so private a possession… Religion is in no sense the bond of [the liberal] society.” And yet, the message of Christ is the establishment of the Kingdom of God, a society bound together by worship of the Father, through the mediation of the Son, and in the Holy Spirit. 
As always, any young adult (age 18-39), Catholic or not, is welcome to attend. Free beers brought to you by St. Joseph Marello parish start flowing at 7pm. Come early for a good seat. These events are packed with amazing young adults and usually fill up. New faces are always welcome. We want to extend a special thanks to our good friends at Monk's Cellar who have opened their restaurant to us. You buying dinner is the best way to thank them for their hospitality. 


Christopher Owens is the Director of the Office of Family and Faith Formation for the Diocese of Sacramento. Originally from North Carolina, he is a doctoral candidate in theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, where he is writing on the subject of predestination. Having taught on several collegiate faculties with an area of specialization in systematic and philosophical theology, he has also worked for the promotion of a renewal of virtue ethics in society and has a forthcoming chapter of a peer-reviewed book on virtue ethics and religion. He is on the editorial board of the international review “Philosophical News,” the official journal of the European Society for Moral Philosophy, and is the past director of summer programs for the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies. He is married with four children, and lives in West Sacramento.


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