The Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal (at Ave Maria University) and the Thomistic Institute (at the Dominican House of Studies) are teaming up once again for a February 2020 academic conference to be held in Ave Maria. This year’s theme is, “Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology.” The Sacra Doctrina Project’s own Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., will be featured as one of two keynote speakers.
As I thumbed through a Leonine volume in my office the other day a page of notes fell out, notes that I took during a conversation with Fr Dewan in 1984. As we now pass the first anniversary of his death, it seems right to share these with everyone. Who knows? Maybe these references will start a new dissertation!Read More
The 25th Annual Aquinas Lecture at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Berkeley, California, will be delivered by DSPT Professor of Religion and the Arts Michael Morris, OP. In his illustrated presentation, Saint Thomas Aquinas in Art and Legend: An Iconographic Study of the Angelic Doctor, Fr. Morris, an art historian, will examine the iconography of the saint and explore the fables and the facts behind the Church’s most honored theologian. The event, scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 pm PDT (10:30 pm EDT), will be live-streamed.
Maxime Allard, OP, of the Dominican University College in Ottawa, is sharing news that Fr Lawrence Dewan, OP, is in the hospital, and his health is rapidly declining. Please storm heaven with your prayers for him.
Just a short note to remind our friends that today marks the ten-year anniversary of thomistica.net's first post! Thanks to all for their contributions and support. Ad multos annos, nos omnes!
From the Library of Leiden University (the Netherlands) comes the news:
"This is to alert you to a new product of the “Turning Over a New Leaf” project: a website (in English) devoted to the medieval manuscript, aimed at a non-expert audience: http://quill.leiden.edu/. Some sixty web pages take you through the different production stages of the manuscript, and highlight important facets of the book before print. Short explanatory texts are paired with beautiful photographs, produced by Giulio Menna, professional photographer and co-producer of the website.Quill went live today and was two years in the making. It was produced with funding of De Jonge Akademie, logistical support of Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), and with generous help of Leiden University Library, Special Collections."
After many years on our hosting provider, squarespace.com's version 5 of their software, we have moved nearly everything over to version 6 of their system, which allows us to have universal reach across desktops, smartphones, and table devices. If you're connected, you can visit thomistica.net.Read More
The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California, recently held a book launch for Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas (Catholic University of America Press, 2012) by Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at DSPT and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley. Bringing the teachings of Thomas Aquinas into dialogue with contemporary science, Fr. Dodds’ book finds new ways to understand God’s action in the natural world and in human life. Presenters were Dr. Robert John Russell, Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the GTU; Dr. Ted Peters of CTNS, Professor of Systematic Theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the GTU; Dr. Lara Buchak, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley, and Fr. Mariusz Tabaczek, OP, GTU doctoral student from the Dominican Province of Poland. Presentations at the event are available on video (here).
The website In Medias PHIL, Robert Pasnau’s medieval philosophy blog, has a recent post that lists philosophy doctoral dissertations on medieval topics currently in progress at North American universities. Nearly half of them (32 out of 68 listed dissertations) contain Aquinas’s name in their respective titles. Other medieval philosophers whose names appear more than once include: Avicenna (4), Ockham (3), Anselm (2), Augustine (2), and Albert the Great (2). Pasnau promises a future survey of European dissertations in progress.
The 23rd Annual Aquinas Lecture at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA, will be delivered by Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP, DSPT Professor of History, on Wednesday, February 27, at 7:30 pm PST (10:30 pm EST). Entitled “Baptismal Theology and Practice in the Age of St. Thomas Aquinas,” the lecture will examine new discoveries about the liturgical and social significance of baptism in the cities of thirteenth-century Italy and will compare these developments to the development of the theology of baptism from the twelfth century to Thomas Aquinas in the late thirteenth. The lecture will be live-streamed.
Congratulations to the Center for Thomistic Studies’ most recent PhD, my student Domenic D’Ettore. His dissertation is “Early Thomists on Demonstration with Analogous Terms.” For more info, click here.