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Events in 2015

2015 AQUINAS LECTURE - 27th JANUARY

FR THOMAS JOSEPH WHITE OP

Fr Thomas Joseph's title was “Divine Simplicity and the Holy Trinity”. He expounded the simplicity of God as defended by St. Thomas in Prima Pars, Question 3, showing that the complexities or compositions found in creatures are not found in God. It follows, he argued, that God as God is not in history; nor does He react to the world; nor is He a “kind of thing”. Hence we cannot envisage God as, for example, “an acorporeal mind with infinite power”. As the Author of being, who alone does not need to receive being, God is “He Who Is” of Exodus 3, and is neither a member of the sum of all beings, nor the being within them. In line with the apophaticism of Exodus, and the Patristic theologies of East and West, Fr. Thomas Joseph critiqued forms of Trinitarian theology that are anthropomorphic, albeit in a high way. He also rejected attempts to prove the doctrine of the Holy Trinity on the basis of creation or on the basis of the essential attributes of goodness and of inter­personal communion. Rather, we should appreciate God’s graciousness in revealing a Mystery that transcends all natural knowledge, yet does not contradict or confound human reason. Authentic Christian Trinitarianism is in no tension with the Old Testament revelation, nor does it do away with the sound philosophy that can attain to God’s simplicity. The lecture was, as usual, well attended, and was followed by a lively question and discussion session, a reception, and Vespers of St. Thomas.

 

2015 AQUINAS SEMINARS - JANUARY-MARCH 

The Aquinas Seminars take place on Thursdays of Weeks 2-7 of Hilary Term, from 4.30pm until 6.00pm in the Aula at Blackfriars.

29th  January    Rupert Mayer, OP, (International Theological Institute, Austria)
                            The Question of Being: A Confrontation of Aquinas and Heidegger                                                       

5th  February    James Brent, OP (Catholic University of America)
                            Aquinas, God, and Order

12th  February  Bernhard Blankenhorn, OP  (Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome)
                            Aquinas and the Gift of Wisdom

19th February   Tianyue Wu (Peking University)  
                            Are First Movements Venial Sins? Augustinian Doctrine and Aquinas's Reinterpretation

26th  February  Pasquale Porro (Sorbonne)
                            Aquinas and Determinism

5th  March        Lee Yearley (Stanford University)  
                           Virtues and Vices: Thomas Aquinas in Conversation with Classical Chinese Philosophy

The Aquinas Seminars were made possible by the generosity of the Earhart Foundation of the USA. 

 

2015 AQUINAS COLLOQUIUM - 7th MARCH

Thomas and Thomisms

The annual Aquinas Colloquium will be held at Blackfriars, Oxford, on Saturday 7th March, 2015, from 9.45am to 5.30pm.

Presentations will be given representing different recent “schools” of Thomism, followed by a discussion of whether Aquinas’s thought can be well captured by any one school or by a limited list of “theses”. The “schools” to be formally represented are “Existential Thomism”, “Strict Observance Thomism”, “Transcendental Thomism” and “River Forest Thomism”, but it is hoped that participants in the Colloquium will include scholars familiar with further approaches.

Speakers:
Prof. John O’Callaghan, University of Notre Dame
Prof. Reinhard Hütter, Duke Divinity School
Prof. Jeremy Wilkins, Regis College, Toronto
Fr. Peter Hunter OP, Blackfriars, Oxford

 

For more information about the Aquinas Institute, please contact fr. Richard Conrad OP richard.conrad@bfriars.ox.ac.uk

 

“POWERFUL LOGIC: AQUINAS' UNIFIED THEORY OF PRIME MATTER AS PRINCIPLE OF INDIVIDUATION AND PURE POTENCY” - 5th MAY

 Lecture delivered by Paul Symington entitled "Powerful Logic: Aquinas’s Unified Theory of Prime Matter as Principle of Individuation and Pure Potency"

Date: 5 May 2015
Time: 5.00-6.30pm
Venue:  Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi College

For more information on similar lectures, please click here 


"FOR YOUR SAKE I HAVE STUDIED ... AND KEPT VIGIL"

REVERENCE AND REFLECTION IN AQUINAS'S CORPUS CHRISTI LITURGY - 28th MAY

A Seminar followed by an optional reading session

 Seminar speaker:  Dr. Barbara R. Walters, Professor of Sociology, City University of New York,

                                  co-author of The Feast of Corpus Christi, author of The Politics of Aesthetic Judgment.

Date: Thursday 28th May, 2015
Time: 4.30 p.m.  
Venue: Lecture room at Blackfriars, St. Giles’

Close reading of the Corpus Christi Office:

Date: Thursday 28th May, 2015
Time: 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Aquinas Seminar Room, 17 Beaumont Street 

 

 

IS THE POLIS A FIT PLACE FOR A GOOD MAN? - 20th JUNE

An afternoon colloquium took place on Saturday 20th June, 2015, 1.00 - 5.30 p.m.

Presentations:

Mr Jonathan Price: The ‘classical’ tragic vision; Aristotle’s comic vision of the ‘political animal’; the Stoic-Augustinian ‘fall back’.

Dr Richard Conrad, OP, Director of the Aquinas Institute: Aquinas’ vision of trustworthy political goodness, healed, enlarged and affirmed by Caritas.

Followed by a seminar: Is the political community a place where good people typically flourish, or where they are persecuted?

 

 

A MILLENNIUM OF CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL EXEGESIS: AUGUSTINE TO AQUINAS - 27th JUNE

A day conference held at Blackfriars, with papers covering Augustine, Theodoret, Maximus, the Victorines and Aquinas.

Date: 27 June 2015
Time: 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Venue: Blackfriars, St Giles
 

 

THE DOMINICAN STUDY WEEK: A VISION FOR LIFE - 6th-10th JULY

 A summer school aimed at university students and young adults. Dominican friars and sisters guide participants in studying Aquinas on ‘God and Creation’, ‘Journeying to God’, and ‘Christ our way’, in parallel sessions to cater for those who are new, and those who have been before.

Attached pictures were taken at the previous summers chools. For more details, please see download. 

 

 

“WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, THE OLD LAW WAS GOOD"  -THOMAS AQUINAS ON THE TORAH AS A GOOD FORM OF LIFE AND WORSHIP - 8th SEPTEMBER

In collaboration with the Oxford Council of Christians and Jews

An evening lecture at Blackfriars, St Giles’

Tuesday 8th September, 2015, 7.30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr Richard Conrad OP, Director of the Aquinas Institute

 


Events in 2014

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 Godwas 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

28th Sep
New Dominican Jubilee Scholar

Blackfriars Hall welcomes the new Dominican Jubilee Scholar, John Shinkwin.

1st Aug
Graduation Friday 29th July 2016

Many congratulations to Linda Eggert, Ramesh Pattni, Ying Mao, Simon Chelley, Joshua Hemmings-Buckler and Margaret Woods who graduated on Friday.

14th Jul
Alumni Dinner 17 Sept 2016 - Now Booking

Bookings are now open so grab a place while you can!

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