Chastity and Psychology
November 5, 2011
On Friday, November 18, Fr. James Brent, O.P., will deliver a lecture to the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA as part of their annual Blessed Newman Lecture Series. The theme of the series for this year is “Psychology of the Body.” It is a means to unite the studies of theology and philosophy with that of psychology to help establish an understanding of psychology in harmony with the Church’s teachings on God and the human person. The Institute’s description of this year’s series:
This series invites an anti-reductionist focus on the body as a window to the psyche or spiritual soul: not reducing all mankind to the person, nor the person to the mind, nor the mind to the body, nor the body to its neurons and behavior. Rather, it offers reflections at these different levels in order to contribute to a robust psychology of the body.
Fr. James Brent is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He also serves as the Director of the Angelic Warfare Confraternity for the Province of St. Joseph. With his studies both of philosophy and of the human person, he has a well-founded understanding of chastity and its importance for human flourishing.