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The Thomistic Institute

Catholic Truth in a Contemporary World


The Thomistic Institute exists to promote Catholic truth in our contemporary world by strengthening the intellectual formation of Christians at universities, in the Church, and in the wider public square. The thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Universal Doctor of the Church, is our touchstone.  

The TI is an academic institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

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New Book: Thomism and Predestination: Principles and Disputations

Thomism and Predestination: Principles and Disputations is a new book from the Catholic University of America Press, co-edited by our very own Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, along with Steven Long and Roger Nutt. From the CUA Press description:

"There is perhaps no aspect of traditional Thomistic thought so contested in modern Catholic theology as the notion of predestination as presented by the classical Thomist school. What is that doctrine, and why is it so controversial? Has it been rightly understood in the context of modern debates? 

At the same time, the Church's traditional affirmation of a mystery of predestination is largely ignored in modern Catholic theology more generally. Why is this the case? Can a theology that emphasizes the Augustinian notion of the primacy of salvation by grace alone also forego a theology of predestination? 

Thomism and Predestination: Principles and Disputations considers these topics from various angles: the principles of the classical Thomistic treatment of predestination, their contested interpretation among modern theologians, examples of the doctrine as illustrated by the spiritual writings of the saints, and the challenges to Catholic theology that the Thomistic tradition continues to pose. This volume initiates readers―especially future theologians and Catholic intellectuals―to a central theme of theology that is speculatively challenging and deeply interconnected to many other elements of the faith."

Berkeley Colloquium on "Person, Soul & Consciousness: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives." 




Next summer in Berkeley the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will host a colloquium on "Person, Soul & Consciousness: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives." In the poster to the left you can see the excellent names they have lined up for this event. Here is the call for papers, and here is a video talking about the DSPT's work on these topics here.


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