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Events in 2014-2015

Wednesday 15th July 2015

Theology of Gratitude Conference, 17 May 2014

The philosophy, psychology and theology of gratitude have not received a great deal of attention, and Blackfriars' Aquinas Institute was pleased to sponsor a conference on Theologies of Gratitude jointly with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values. The Jubilee Centre is engaged in a project of research on gratitude, and this conference was designed to enable theologians and people of all faiths reflect on the subject of gratitude towards God and towards others. 

The conference papers covered aspects of gratitude from Christian, Jewish and Muslim perspectives:

The Cycle of Blessing: Thanksgiving as a Means of Consecration.

"...we will pay instead of bulls the offerings of our lips": The Sublimation of Sacrificial Service in Judaism from the Second Temple Era to the Spanish 'Golden Age'.

In gratitude for grace: praise, worship and the sanctified life.

From Gratitude to Beatitude: A Qur’anic Theology of Thanksgiving.

The 2014 Aquinas Lecture

The 2014 Aquinas Lecture - The presence of the Trinity within us: knowing and loving God was given by fr. Gilles Emery OP, of the University of Fribourg.  


The 2014 Aquinas Colloquium Aquinas Reading . . . 

was held at Blackfriars on Saturday 8th March 2014.  Forty-five participants heard talks by 

  • Vivian Boland, OP (Santa Sabina, Rome) on Aquinas's reading of Plato;
  • Fran O'Rourke (University College, Dublin) on Aquinas's reading of Pseudo-Dionysius;
  • William Carroll (Blackfriars and the Faculty of Theology and Religion of Oxford) on Aquinas and Aristotle;
  • Afifi al-Akiti (Worcester College and the Faculty of Theology and Religion of Oxford) on Aquinas and al-Ghazali. 

The 2014 Aquinas Seminar Series

30 January       Gilles Emery, OP (Université de Fribourg)
                           The Relation of Creation

6 February       Lydia Schumacher (Oriel)
                           Theological Philosophy: A Thomistic Departure from Inquiry into the Rationality of Christian Faith

13 February     Emmanuel Durand, OP (Institut Catholique de Paris)
                           The Gospel of Prayer and Theologies of Providence

20 February     Reinhard Hütter (Duke University) 
                           What Conscience Is and Why It Matters: Perspectives from Thomas Aquinas and John Henry Newman

27 February     Afifi al-Akiti (Worcester)
                           "The Metaphysics of Created Human Freedom in al-Ghazali and Aquinas"

6 March           Andrea Robiglio (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
                          Testimony in Aquinas: Articulation and Implications of a Philosophical Problem

The Aquinas seminars are supported by a generous grant from the Earhart Foundation in the United States.


News & Events

25th Jun
Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2018

'Ethical Issues in Psychiatric Diagnosis' - July 2018, 4.30pm

24th Apr
'Did the Saviour See the Father?'

Fr. Simon Gaine's book, now out in paperback.

4th Mar
Br Joseph's Solemn Vows

Please pray for our brother, Joseph Bailham, OP, who made Solemn Profession last Friday here in Oxford.

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