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6-6-2002

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How do you approach the study of religion?

Dr. Michael Baxter teaches his students the truth claims of Catholicism. He teaches Catholicism as truth because he believes it to be true. His model of teaching is founded on the idea that if you are not upfront and clear with what you believe, you won’t know why you believe anything and so would not be able to explain it to others.

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The Rev. Dr. Michael J. Baxter, C.S.C, (Ph.D. Duke University, 1996) is Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Baxter is interested in the interrelationship of theology, history, and ethics, with particular attention paid to the morality of war and Christian peacemaking. Baxter's long-term research focuses on the emergence and development of the Americanist Tradition in Catholic Social Ethics from World War I to the present. He has published articles in the DePaul Law Review, Pro Ecclesia, Communio, andThe Thomist, and he co-founded Andre House, a house of hospitality dedicated to serving the poor and homeless of downtown Phoenix. Baxter was a Fellow of the Kroc Institute and he also served as the National Secretary of the Catholic Peace Fellowship.

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