Call for Papers: Thomas Aquinas & the Crisis of Christology

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.

A call for papers is open, but the deadline for abstracts is August 1, 2019. More information can be found on AMU’s Graduate Theology blog and at the Ave Conferences page.

New Book: Thomism and Predestination

A new book entitled Thomism and Predestination: Principles and Disputations is now available from The Catholic University of America Press. See below for more details. 


"There is perhaps no aspect of traditional Thomistic thought so contested in modern Catholic theology as the notion of predestination as presented by the classical Thomist school. What is that doctrine, and why is it so controversial? Has it been rightly understood in the context of modern debates? At the same time, the Church's traditional affirmation of a mystery of predestination is largely ignored in modern Catholic theology more generally. Why is this the case? Can a theology that emphasizes the Augustinian notion of the primacy of salvation by grace alone also forego a theology of predestination?

Thomism and Predestination: Principles and Disputations considers these topics from various angles: the principles of the classical Thomistic treatment of predestination, their contested interpretation among modern theologians, examples of the doctrine as illustrated by the spiritual writings of the saints, and the challenges to Catholic theology that the Thomistic tradition continues to pose. This volume initiates readers―especially future theologians and Catholic intellectuals―to a central theme of theology that is speculatively challenging and deeply interconnected to many other elements of the faith.


Steven A. Long is a professor of Theology at Ave Maria University and author of Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act (Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University Publications). Roger W. Nutt is an associate professor of Theology, codirector of the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal, and editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University. Thomas Joseph White, OP, is the director of the Thomistic Institute at the Domincan House of Studies. He is the author of several books including The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology (CUA Press), and coeditor of the theological journal Nova et Vetera."

Two Dominican-sponsored, Thomistic get-togethers in 2011

From Fr Thomas Joseph White, OP, comes news of two, upcoming get-togethers about Aquinas, both sponsored by the Dominicans. He provided PDF files for each: 

  1. Thomistic Circles: A Theological Symposium on St. Thomas Aquinas and the Church: A Theo-Centric Ecclesiology, to be held in Washington, DC, April 29-30, 2011 (with Augustine DiNoia, OP, Fr Jonathan Robinson, Guy Mansini, OSB, Benoit-Dominique de La Soujeole, OP, Charles Morerod, OP) (PDF).
  2. Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Philosophy, held by the The Catholic and Dominican Institute, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York, June 23-26, 2011 (with Charles Morerod, O.P., James Brent, O.P., Lawrence Dewan, O.P., Dr. Alfred J. Freddoso, Dr. Joshua Hochschild, Dr. Gyula Klima, Joseph Koterski, S.J., Dr. John O’Callaghan, Thomas Joseph White, O.P.) (PDF of poster and brochure).

It’s good to be on the East coast!