Two new Research Fellows have recently been appointed.
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 presence of the Trinity within us: knowing and loving God was given by fr. Gilles Emery OP, of the University of Fribourg.
was held at Blackfriars on Saturday 8th March 2014. Forty-five participants heard talks by
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.