Atheism, Doubt, and the Search for God

These sessions will describe atheism as something to be understood, not feared, and share how the Catholic intellectual tradition presents “holy doubt” as a route toward personal holiness. In the first session, different forms of atheism will be described in close detail, allowing us to make sense of what atheism is. Then, in the second session, the role of doubt will be looked at in the work of St. Augustine’s Confessions and the method of St. Thomas Aquinas. In the final session, the sense of God as something beyond the debates between believers and non-believers will be considered, with some practical and devotional alternatives suggested.

Read Pam Johnson's interview with Dr. Rocha in the Vancouver Courier:

Dr. Rocha is presenting a special series at St. Joseph the Worker in Richmond on ‘Atheism, Doubt and the Search for God’. For more info and register, click here.

Dates: Three Mondays – January 11, 18, 25

Time: 7:00 –9:00 pm

Place: St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 4451 Williams Road, Richmond, BC (in the church hall)

Cost: $50


For more info, email [email protected] or contact Saint Mark’s College at 604-822-4463.

About Dr. Rocha

Dr. Rocha is a pastoral philospher-in-residence at Saint Mark's College and an assistant professor of philosophy of education at UBC. His interest and expertise in this topic stems from his lifelong work to translate the Catholic intellectual tradition into something approachable and worthwhile for laypersons. His recent work includes two books and an album of music based on St. Augustine’s Confessions. For more about Dr. Rocha, visit his website:

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