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Christianity and Freedom: A Conference

Yale University, New Haven, CT

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

WLH 208

This conference on "Christianity and Freedom" will bring together speakers from diverse disciplines to discuss the meaning and evolution of the Christian idea of freedom. Lectures will consider the theme from the perspective of Augustine, Origen, Ambrose, Dante, Thomas Aquinas, Nicolas of Cusa, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Servais Pinckaers, and John Paul II.

Speakers will include: Prof. Sarah Byers (Boston College), Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University), Prof. Thomas Pfau (Duke University), and Fr. James Brent, OP on Aquinas (The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.).

This event is sponsored by the Thomistic Institute.

Free and open to the public. 


Schedule of Lectures:

10:00 am: Prof. Sarah Byers on "Freedom Under the Law: Early Christian Views."

11:30 am: Fr. James Brent, O.P. on "The Meaning of Freedom in Thomas Aquinas."

2:00 pm: Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta on "Liberty and Grace: Dante and St. Augustine."

3:30 pm: Prof. Thomas Pfau on "Seeing and Being Seen Coincide: Freedom as Contemplation in Nicholas of Cusa and G. M. Hopkins."

4:30 pm: Concluding Panel with reception to follow.

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