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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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June 5th-8th, 2018: Science symposium a huge success!

For the first time the Thomistic Institute partnered with the Society for Catholic Scientists to hold a symposium on Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science. Featuring speakers such as William Carol of Oxford, Fr. Thomas Davenport of Providence College, and Dr. Karin  Öberg of Harvard, these intellectual leaders in the dialogue between faith and science spoke on matters ranging from particle physics and Aristotle to evolution and creation. The audience, composed of mostly graduate students in various scientific fields, participated in these important conversations both during the lecture sessions and late into the evenings at recreation times hosted by the Dominican House of Studies. Check out the lectures on audio here.

 The concluding panel discussion featuring Adrian Vermeule, Margarita Mooney, and R.R. Reno, moderated by Julius Krein. Also pictured at podium: Harvard PhD student Amy Chandran. 

The concluding panel discussion featuring Adrian Vermeule, Margarita Mooney, and R.R. Reno, moderated by Julius Krein. Also pictured at podium: Harvard PhD student Amy Chandran. 

March 2nd and 3rd, 2018: Harvard Conference

on Christianity and Liberalism

On Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, the Thomistic Institute and the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy sponsored a conference on Christianity and Liberalism, featuring such speakers as Rémi Brague, Fr. Dominic Legge, OP, R.R. Reno, and Adrian Vermuele. Public Discourse, Modern Age, and Mirror of Justice have all featured articles about the event, which you can find here, here, and here respectively. 

 

February 21, 2018: Political Principles in the Age of Trump

 

On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the Values and Capitalism initiative at AEI co-sponsored an event with the Thomistic Institute, entitled, "Political Principles in the Age of Trump." R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, delivered preliminary remarks before engaging in a moderated discussion with Elizabeth Corey (Baylor University), Joshua Mitchell (Georgetown University), and George Weigel (Ethics & Public Policy Center). They considered namely, how Christians might engage faithfully and prudently in a pluralistic—and at times, antagonistic—public square. 

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The American ConservativeReal Clear Policy, and Juicy Ecumenism have featured articles about the event. You can read The American Conservative's article, "Fashioning a Post-Fusionist Christian Politics," by clicking hereReal Clear Policy's article, "Solidarity in America," by clicking hereand the post at Juicy Ecumenism, "Maintaining Christian Political Principles during the Trump Administration," by clicking here.

 

FR. DOMINIC LEGGE, OP ON ST. THOMAS

A short video from the Aquinas Initiative with of our Director Fr. Dominic Legge, OP answering the question: "How did you get interested in St. Thomas Aquinas?"

Fr. Legge is the Director of the Thomistic Institute and is Assistant Professor in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies.  

His recent book The Trinitarian Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas is available on Amazon in hard copy (and for for Kindle) and can be ordered directly from Oxford University Press

 

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