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Atheism at the End of the Line

In early November, Rémi Brague will give two lectures in New York City, co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute.

Saturday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Brague will speak on “Atheism at the End of the Line” at the Catholic Center at New York University.

On Monday, November 3, at 6 p.m., in a lecture co-sponsored by the Columbia University Seminar on Catholicism, Culture and Modernity, Dr. Brague will speak on “The God of the Christians.” The lecture will take place at the Faculty House of Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive, New York City.

Dr. Brague is professor emeritus of Arabic and religious philosophy at the Sorbonne, and Romano Guardini Chair of the Study of Religion at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He was visiting professor at the Pennsylvania State University (Visiting Associate Professor), Boston University (John Findlay Visiting Professor), Boston College (Hans-Georg Gadamer Visting Professor), the Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona) and at the University San Raffaele (Milan). He is member of the Institut de France (Academy of Moral and Political Sciences). In 2012, he was awarded the Ratzinger Prize for Theology. His numerous publications include the recent essay “The Impossibility of Secular Society” (First Things) and On the God of the Christians (and on one or two others) (2013).

Posters with more information can be found at the Thomstic Institute website.

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Recent Thomistic Circles lectures available online!

For those interested in the Thomistic Circles conference at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC from October 3–4, all the lectures are now available online at the Thomistic Institute website. The conference, Vatican II in the 21st Century, focused on five major documents from the Council, their history of reception, and the promise they hold for the future of the Church. Lectures were given by Dr. R.R. Reno on Lumen Gentium, Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP on Sacrosanctum Concilium, Fr. David Meconi, SJ on Presbyterorum Ordinis, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP on Gaudium et Spes, and Dr. Michael Waldstein on Dei Verbum.

For upcoming events sponsored by the Thomistic Institute, please see the website and blog.

Image: Fr. John Corbett, OP and Sr. Maria Kiely, OSB at the Thomistic Circles conference

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Thomistic Circles Conference at the Dominican House of Studies

This weekend, October 3-4, the Dominican House of Studies and the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception play host to the Fall 2014 Thomistic Circles conference. The topic is a timely one: Vatican II in the 21st Century: A Theological Symposium. Speakers include Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, Fr. David Meconi, SJ, Dr. Michael Waldstein, and Dr. R. R. Reno. Fr. Thomas Joseph, Director of the Thomistic Institute, offered a few thoughts on the conference and his hopes for it during a brief interview:

Why is it important to talk about Vatican II today? What still needs to be said?

Fifty years after Vatican II the Church finds herself in a new context, in a more secular culture in the West and adrift in an age of great intellectual uncertainty. Between times, we have had the very influential pontificate of St. John Paul II, who wrote a great deal about the interpretation of the Council. It is important to consider the question of how the documents of the Council can be applied or understood in our current setting, with the challenges of a new evangelization in our own time.

What can Thomistic thought bring to the table in this sort of conversation?

The Council made a great deal of implicit use of Aquinas’ theology in the documents, particularly in its understanding of the dignity of the human person, the moral conscience and the human capacity to know the truth in matters of religion. However, there was an amnesia regarding Aquinas in the Church in the post-conciliar period, in many areas of Church life. Recovering a deeper understanding of Thomistic philosophy and theology helps us understand much of the underlying meaning of the Council and its applicability today.

Do you have any particular hopes for this conference and conversations it may generate?

Theology is really in a time of searching in our own historical moment. The great “liberal” theologies of the 1970’s have declined, and the new theology of the Communio school, while very influential, is not exhaustive. Young people are looking for points of intellectual orientation that allow us to find ways to understand and communicate the gospel in our own era. The goal of this conference is to think about the post-post Vatican II era, and the tasks of the Church and of theology in our own historical moment.


The conference is free and open to the public. For more details and a schedule of the conference, please visit the Thomistic Institute’s website.