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The Name of God is Relationship - Lecture to be Held During Homecoming Weekend

Daniel P. Horan, OFM
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Who has not heard of the blog and the book Dating God? Daniel P. Horan, OFM, a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (The New York province), a columnist for America magazine, and the author of eight major Franciscan texts, explains the draw of this social media theology resource: “Inspired by the life and writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi, I reflect on the possibility of understanding the relationship of prayer as Dating God in the everyday and ordinary experiences of the twenty-first-century world. I also discuss other issues of timely import (at least to me).”


Currently, Dan is working on a sequel to his book and blog, entitled The Name of God is Relationship, his topic for the lecture scheduled for Saturday, October 17 during Homecoming and Family Weekend. Continental breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Schmidt Multi-Purpose Room located in Living and Learning Center I, and the lecture will begin at 9:30 a.m. The $25 fee includes the continental breakfast as well as a picnic lunch at noon following the lecture.


Dan speaks of some insights he will share: While some philosophers claim that the name of God is “pure being” and some theologians claim that the name of God is “the good,” Dan suggests that the name of God is best understood as “relationship.” Beginning God’s revelation to humanity throughout the Scriptures and moving to take a deeper look at what the wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi and the spiritual tradition that bears his name tell us about God, this lecture encourages contemporary women and men to reconsider how they imagine their Creator and renew their understanding of faith in the modern world.


Along with his Dating God fame, many readers are drawn to Dan for his insightful explorations of two great men who share the Franciscan spirit. In 2014 Dan presented The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing (Ave Maria Press), an exploration of Merton’s time at St. Bonaventure’s and its impact on his life and works. That same year he added Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Account of Radical Orthodoxy and John Duns Scotus (Fortress Press), a study of the philosopher-theologian of the High Middle Ages, to his publications.



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