The conference explored the perennial problem of good and evil, the significance of this distinction for human flourishing and the common good, and the place of good and evil in the theory and practice of various academic disciplines. Featured speakers included Gilbert Meilaender, Alasdair MacIntyre and John Finnis among others. The theme of the conference, “Through Every Human Heart” was taken from Aleksander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago:
“…the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains … an unuprooted small corner of evil.”
Gil’s talk at the conference was well received, and he attended a number of outstanding presentations over the 3 days of the conference. Meanwhile, Randy was promoting Gil’s latest book, God’s Gamble, at the Angelico Press table in the book publishers display area. We sold almost all the books we brought with us.
It was especially encouraging to meet representatives of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education and learn how they are using Cornerstone Forum materials in curricular resources intended for schools. Taking part in this and other conferences like it is only possible with the generous support from our donors and supporters.
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