Aquinas Seminars

Over the course of the semester, the Aquinas Institute will sponsor several seminars to help you grow in your faith.

4 Ongoing Fall Seminars

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Fasting and Feasting With the Church

Semester-Long Seminar

Tuesdays, 7–8:30pm

Oct 1–Nov 19

Murray-Dodge Room 103

Why do we fast and feast throughout the liturgical year? How can we think with the mind of the Church about these practices, and avoid reducing them to secular trends like cleanses and fad diets? Together, we’ll read and discuss great writers from Thomas Aquinas to Josef Pieper to Robert Cardinal Sarah who help us see how to live out, corporately, the Church year’s seasons of penance and of celebration.

Instructors: Alexi and Leah Sargeant

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The Garden of St. Thérèse:

The Little Flower & Her Influences

Thursday breakfast, 8–9:30am

Sept 26–Oct 10

Murray-Dodge Room 104

The “Little Way” of a young nun in nineteenth century France became a channel of grace to thousands of readers and devotees. How did God work this marvel? We’ll read St. Thérèse herself and the writings of other saints influenced by her—including her own parents, sainted spouses Louis and Zélie Martin, as well as saints from later centuries like the martyr of Auschwitz St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Instructors: Alexi and Leah Sargeant


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Disproving Zeus: How the New Atheists Get God Wrong

Wednesday lunch, 12:35–1:30pm

Sept 25–Oct 16

Murray-Dodge Room 210

Dr. Snell will marshal the analysis of Orthodox writer David Bentley Hart in Atheist Delusions to show how Church history and Christian philosophy contain answers to the common objections of New Atheists like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. Along the way we’ll discuss the basic theological disconnect in atheist accounts of God and how to speak clearly about the distinctive, transcendent God of Christianity.

Instructor: R. J. Snell

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St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation

Wednesday lunch, 12:35–1:30pm

Nov 20–Dec 11

Murray-Dodge Room 210

As the season of Advent approaches, we’ll take a few weeks to contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation, the paradox of God-become-Man so central to our faith. As our guide, we’ll take the great Church Father Athanasius, whose On The Incarnation remains one of the best and most accessible meditations on the subject.

Instructors: Alexi and Leah Sargeant