Registration – Discipulus Institute – The Theology of Thomas Aquinas with Nathan Doerr

Registration - Discipulus Institute - The Theology of Thomas Aquinas with Nathan Doerr
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Course Overview

St. Thomas Aquinas is arguably the greatest theologian in the history of the Church and the first to make an ordered, systematic attempt at understanding the contents of Divine Revelation.  Pope St. John Paul II said that Aquinas was “a model of the right way to do theology,” and that in him “the demands of reason and the power of faith found the most elevated synthesis ever attained by human thought.” Pope Leo XIII commanded that seminaries and Catholic universities use the Summa as their primary text, which is useful for both clergy and laity alike.  So instrumental is the teaching of Aquinas that Pope St. Pius X concluded that anyone who departs from it “seem[s] to effect their withdrawal from the Church,” because “one may not desert Aquinas, especially in philosophy and theology, without great harm; following him is the safest way to the knowledge of divine things.”

What is so significant about the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas?  Haven’t modern theologians found better ways to express the faith?  How is this relevant to my spiritual life today?  Come find out the answers to these questions and more in this new class that is sure to be illuminating and edifying for all.

The course starts on Thursday, November 16, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm and will meet for five Thursdays until December 21 (no class on November 23 – Thanksgiving).  Classes will meet at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (5200 Glennon Dr., St. Louis, MO 63119).


Course Outline

  • The Trinitarian Processions and Divine Missions (Nov. 16)
  • God and Creation (Nov. 30)
  • The Incarnation and Redemption (Dec. 7)
  • Sacramental Theology and Sanctifying Grace (Dec. 14)
  • Eschatology and the Last Things (Dec. 21)

“Philosophy is undoubtedly a most noble science, but as things are not constituted by divine Providence, it must not be said to excel all others, because it does not embrace the whole universality of things. Indeed, in the introduction to his Summa Contra Gentes, as also to his Summa Theologica, the saintly Doctor describes another order of things set above nature and eluding the grasp of reason, an order which man would never have suspected unless the divine goodness had revealed it to him. This is the region in which faith is supreme, and the science of faith is called Theology. Science of this kind will be all the more perfect in man in proportion as he is the better acquainted with the evidence for faith and has at the same time a more fully developed and trained faculty of philosophizing. There can be no doubt that Aquinas raised Theology to the highest eminence, for his knowledge of divine things was absolutely perfect and the power of his mind made him a marvelously capable philosopher. Thomas is therefore considered the Prince of teachers in our schools, not so much on account of his philosophical system as because of his theological studies. There is no branch of theology in which he did not exercise the incredible fecundity of his genius.” – Pope Pius XI, Studiorum Ducem, §17


Nathan Doerr received his bachelor’s in Philosophy at Cardinal Glennon College Seminary and his master’s in Systematic Theology at Christendom College. He is currently the Theology Department Chair at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, MO.

Event Details

Date(s) - August 7, 2017 - November 15, 2017
All Day

Kenrick–Glennon Seminary

Presented by:
Discipulus Institute

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