Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Forthcoming speaking engagements


The Thomistic Institute and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish at the University of Virginia are co-sponsoring a day of lectures on natural theology on Saturday, January 28.  The speakers are Edward Feser and Fr. James Brent.  Details here and here.

I will be giving the Cardinal Stafford Lectures at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, CO this March 22.  Details forthcoming.

Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY will be hosting the Seventh Annual Philosophy Workshop from June 29 - July 2, on the theme Aquinas on Metaphysics.  The speakers will be James Brent, OP, Michael Gorman, Jeffrey Brower, Candace Vogler, Edward Feser, John O’Callaghan, Alfred Freddoso, and Steven Long.

14 comments:

Jo F said...

That's great to hear! Does anyone know if any of these lectures will be online?

JohnD said...

Please record these lectures!!!!

Gabriel Ferreira said...

Awesome topic, Professor Feser. Please publish the text online at least, for people abroad (like me).

George LeSauvage said...

I assume it's at what used to be called St Thomas Hall. One of the ugliest churches in existence, with a statue out front, apparently made of old car bumpers, which led to it's being called "St Thomas Crapper". Worse, back in my day, the priest was a parody of the progressive clergy. I think it had a lot to do with my staying Anglican as long as I did. (Believe it or not, you were more likely to get orthodox doctrine at the Episcopal church ministering to students. Not certain, but more likely.)

I did have a friend who, when he went there, made up prayers for the part where everyone was encouraged to do so; but his were for speedy victory over Godless Communism in Vietnam. This wasn't popular; he ended up going to the church in town.

George LeSauvage said...

BTW, I'm wondering if I can go. Love to, but not likely.

Joe said...

Prof Feser, anything coming up in your own backyard, i.e. SoCal?

Scott Shaffer said...

Have you had an opportunity to read God Over All?

Mm said...

Ouch- nearby & I would love to go- but I have a prior engagement! Dang! George-LOl I always called the statue St Thomas of the car bumpers. I believe the priest to which you refer is no longer a priest. I hope there is a way to get the lectures online.

Anonymous said...

George Le Sauvage:

The ugly St. Thomas Hall you remember was replaced a generation ago by a larger, but still ugly, church. I understand they're finally getting around to replacing that building by one that actually looks like a church (to match the beautiful priory they built a few years ago). I don't know whether the car-bumper statute (still there as of September, according to Google Maps Street View) will be removed, but one can always hope.

Mm: The pastor to whom George referred left the Order of Preachers in the mid-70s and was incardinated into the Diocese of Richmond. He retired some time ago and died late last year. He needs our prayers.

Unfortunately, even the departure of the founding pastor didn't solve St. Thomas's problems. I recall a pastor, who hadn't seemed obviously heretical, who offered a three-part series during the early 80s on "Catholic Sexual Morality." The church was pretty packed for this (as you might imagine), but instead of taking the opportunity to explain why the Church's teaching actually makes sense (because it, unlike the hedonism that prevails in the culture outside the Church, actually conforms to reality), told his audience, in effect, "I have to teach the Party Line because I wear the habit, but here are 57 reasons you might want to reject the Church's teaching."

But fortunately, this is not your father's St. Thomas. Those who remember the bad old days of the 70s and 80s will hardly recognize it. Fr. Brian Mulcahy, OP (pastor during the early 2000s and a U.Va. alumnus) and his successors have done a lot to put the parish back on a sound footing.

HandsomeMrToad said...

Someone on another site suggested you might want to see my REFUTATIONS of Thomas' FIVE WAYS of proving the existence of God.

https://disqus.com/home/discussion/firstthingsmag/roes_missing_stories_eve_tushnet_first_things/#comment-3118427413

George LeSauvage said...

Anonymous 6am 1/24, that's good to know. In my day St Thomas Hall was also known as the "freak show".

My Toad, your linked argument shows a complete ignorance of what St Thomas is saying. You might search this site to find why. I'll give one: Aquinas "offers no proof of the assertion that the sequence of previous motions cannot extend forever back in time" (your words) for the very simple reason that he is not making that assertion. That you so read it means you don't understand Thomism 101.

George LeSauvage said...

I'd be interested to see what Ed has to say about how this went. I confess I am biased; to me, Charlottesville is almost heaven. If it had waterfront, it would be very paradise.

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Anonymous said...

An audio recording of the lecture "Why Believe in God?: Arguments for the Existence of God" is available here: https://soundcloud.com/thomisticinstitute/prof-edward-feser-why-believe-in-god-arguments-for-the-existence-of-god-uva-1-28-17

The lecture is a preview of Feser's forthcoming Five Proofs of the Existence of God.