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The Wethersfield Institute is an organization which supports the Roman Catholic Church in the United States through the study of Christian culture. It was founded by philanthropist Chauncey Stillman.[1] The Institute is known for sponsoring an annual series lectures held in Manhattan whose proceedings have been published through Ignatius Press, a notable Catholic publishing house, as well as other publishers.

The purpose of the Wethersfield Institute is to promote a clear understanding of Catholic teaching and practice and to explore the cultural and intellectual dimensions of Catholic Faith. The Institute does so in practical ways that include seminars, colloquies and conferences, especially as they pursue our goals on a scientific and scholarly level. The Institute publishes its proceedings

Wethersfield Institute statement of purpose[2][3]

Subjects have included The Catholic Writer in 1989 featuring a contribution from William A. Marra,[4] the 1992 lecture titled 1492 on Spain's association with the New World and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain,[5] Nature and Grace in the Character of Western Man in 1993 including a contribution from R. V. Young,[3] and The Ever-Illuminating Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1994. [6] The 2001 lecture dealt with The Ethics of Active Euthanasia. [7]

In 1999 the Institute as part of its lecture series sponsored the Conference on Evidence for Design held in New York City. The featured speakers were controversial intelligent design proponents and Discovery Institute members William A. Dembski, Stephen C. Meyer, and Michael Behe. A result of this conference was the publishing of Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe, Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute, vol. 9, coauthored by the three of them.[8]




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