Department’s new Web series asks the “Big Questions”

The Department of Religious and Theological Studies has introduced “Big Questions,” a Web series designed to provide a forum for open discussion about issues that matter to the campus and the world.

Click here to watch the premiere episode.

“I imagine ‘Big Questions’ to be about anything from current events (like John Allen on the pope) to important social issues (racism, access to health care, the spiraling cost of a college education) to questions of ultimate meaning (What is a good life? Why believe in God? What happens after we die?),” said Dr. Anthony LoPresti, department chairman. “In essence, I’m thinking of it as interesting conversations over big or important questions.”

The premiere episode features LoPresti and noted Vatican analyst John Allen. Future episodes will feature a rotation of Salve Regina faculty hosts, while the guest list will include students, community leaders and visiting lecturers.

Although the premiere episode clocks in at a robust 14 minutes, coordinator of video production Jamie McGuire, who produced the show along with a student crew, says that future episodes will be a more accessible length for the on-the-go Web viewer.


  1. John Craig says:

    The department may claim to ask all the big questions, but doesn’t naming the department ‘Religious AND [emphasis added] Theological Studies’ assume an answer to one of the questions being asked, i.e. that there is a god? [I do not dispute that religions exist!]

    Similarly, the question “Why bellieve in God?”, offered as an example, presupposes the exist of a god. Isn’t a better big question “Is there a god?”… or are such complex matters left to the Philosophy Department?!

  2. Tony LoPresti says:

    Mr. Craig makes a good point that the wording of the question “Why believe in God?” might suggest that a god indeed exists. I did not intend to imply as much. I do not really like his alternative “Is there a god?” because I do not believe one can provide a definitive answer to that question, one way or another. The best I think we can do is ask why some people believe in a god, and why some people do not. Then it is up to the individual to decide if one side is more persuasive than another. It is an important discussion that, in my opinion, more believers should engage. It could change their thinking.

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