Noted Christian philosopher Dallas Willard will present a talk titled "What Skepticism is Good For" on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Pomona College (Edmunds Ballroom, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). This event is free and open to the public.

Willard, who teaches at the University of Southern California, will explore both the usefulness and limitations of doubt, examining the need for healthy skepticism in our society—especially with issues of faith. He will discuss how a skeptic has a moral responsibility to examine why they are skeptical, not falling into the "fad" of disbelief without reason.

His most recent book is Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge (2009), of which Publishers Weekly said, "In prose that is both decisive and austere, Willard throws down the gauntlet to those in both the secular and religious realms who claim it is impossible to know Christian truths."

His other works include The Great Omission: Rediscovering Jesus' Essential Teachings (2006), which received a Christianity Today book award in the Christian living category; Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ (2002), which received Christianity Today's 2003 award in the category of spirituality; and The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God (1998), which was named Christianity Today's 1999 Book of the Year.

Willard's research and publication interests are in religion, epistemology, the philosophy of mind and logic, and the philosophy of Edmund Husserl.

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This lecture is sponsored by The Veritas Forum ( which presents college and university events meant to "engage students and faculty in discussions about life's hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life." The Veritas Forum partners with more than 60 leading colleges and universities across North America and Europe.