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The Crusades: What They Were Not

This lecture by Dr. Vince Ryan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at Aquinas College, is fourth in the series, "Life of the Church" hosted by the Diocese of Nashville Adult Formation.


Father Vivian Boland, O.P. on “Healing Work of Teaching: Thomas Aquinas and Education”

Fr. Vivian Boland, O.P., Vicar General of the Dominican Order, spoke to the Aquinas College chapter of ASCD, a student organization in the School of Education, on the topic, “Healing Work of Teaching: Thomas Aquinas and Education.”


Faculty Panel: Catholic Social Teaching and Public Policy

Don’t cast your ballot this November without listening to this important discussion on the social doctrine of the Catholic Church in relation to public policy. Dr. Richard Bulzacchelli, Associate Professor of Theology; Dr. Ben Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy; and Dr. Bill Smart, Associate Provost and Professor of Biology, explore the impact of Catholic social teaching on public policy—and on the conscience of Christian voters—just in time for the 2016 General Election in November.


Faith in Action on Catholic Radio Indy with Sr Mary Cecilia, Sr Mary Angelica, and Haylee Weiss

Sister Mary Cecilia, O.P., Vice President for Student Life, Sister Mary Angelica, O.P., Director of the Study Abroad Program and student Haylee Weiss M.J. and Jim to talk about the unique opportunities available at Aquinas College.


Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk: "Virtue vs Value in our Modern Culture"

The 2016 St. Thomas Aquinas Forum, hosted by the Office of Catechetics at Aquinas College, focused on the theme of "Virtue in Our Current Culture: Living the Nobility of Strength and Goodness." The speakers included talks by Father Jacques Philippe, Dr. Kevin Vost, Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk, Sister Mary Madeline Todd, O.P., Deacon Brad Watkins, Father Cassian Derbes, O.P., and musical entertainment by Kara Klein. “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure,...


Devin Brown: “C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity”

Devin Brown discusses C.S. Lewis' great work Mere Christianity. The video shown during the presentation may be watched here: Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and Professor of English at Asbury University. He has written nine books, most of which focus on Lewis and Tolkien, including A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis and The Christian World of The Hobbit. He has a forthcoming book entitled Discussing Mere Christianity.


Jonathan Thorndike with McKenna Risch, Daniel Beagan, and Caleb Theriot

Jonathan Thorndike of Belmont University and his students in the Honors Program discuss the Peter Jackson adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Jonathan Thorndike is the Honors Program Director at Belmont University. He teaches interdisciplinary “Great Books” courses and taught an Inklings course at King’s College London for many summers. He was awarded the Presidential Faculty Achievement Award at Belmont in 2014. Thorndike has published two books and over...


Lydia Martin, Winner of the Tolkien & Lewis Essay Contest

Lydia Martin presents her essay, “Little Things: Tolkien, Lewis, and Smallness,” which won the inaugural Tolkien and Lewis High School Essay Contest.


Dale Ahlquist: “Chesterton, Tolkien & Lewis”

Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society, talks about G.K. Chesterton and his influence on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Dale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society and creator and host of EWTN’s Apostle of Common Sense. He has written three books on G.K. Chesterton: G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton, and The Complete Thinker. Dale is also the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a new high school...


Sister Mary Angelica on AquinasAbroad on the Son Rise Morning Show

Sister Mary Angelica, O.P. talks to Matt Swaim on the Son Rise Morning Show about Aquinas College's new AquinasAbroad study abroad program in Bracciano, Italy near Rome.


Joseph Pearce: Aquinas College Commencement Address 2015

Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture and Writer-in-Residence at Aquinas College, addresses the graduates at the 2015 Commencement Ceremonies at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Mr. Pearce pondered the pervasive belief that religion is inimical to science.


Helen Alvare: Freedom for Women, for the Family, and for Religion

"Not a Zero Sum Game: Freedom for Women, for the Family, and for Religion" For the good of women and the good of society, Christians must engage in a hard conversation: what does women’s freedom truly include? Known for her work in getting the voice of real women heard in the public square, Helen Alvaré will tackle the issues facing women and the family today. About Helen Alvaré Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law...


Monsigniour Grous: The Family: the Sanctuary of Life

"The Family: the Sanctuary of Life" In preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2015 convening in Philadelphia later this year, Msgr. Grous will examine the Christian family as a school of love, justice, forgiveness, and mutual respect in the midst of a world darkened by selfishness and conflict and the cultural influences that challenge healthy family life. Rev. Msgr. Albin J. Grous, S.T.D. Msgr. Grous was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1987. He earned an...


Richard Bulzacchelli: Creation Theology and Christian Marriage

Creation Theology and Christian Marriage: Why the Church’s Teachings on Sex and Matrimony Can’t Be Changed The Biblical self-revelation of God as “Yahweh Elohim”— the God who creates the world from nothing—provides the key to understanding the Church’s constant teaching and tradition about marriage and sexual morality. It’s not just about saying no to things people want to do, but about faith in God: about who we say God is, what the world means, and what it means to be made in His image...


Sister Mary Angelica On St. Thomas Aquinas

Sister Mary Angelica Neenan, O.P., Associate Professor of Theology at Aquinas College, talks to Anna Mitchell on the Son Rise Morning Show about St. Thomas Aquinas on January 28, 2015, the feast of the great Dominican saint.


Br. Ignatius Perkins, O.P. on Aquinas' New BSN

On the Son Rise Morning Show, Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., N.Y.A.M., F.R.S.M., discusses the School of Nursing's new and innovative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program at Aquinas College.


Robert Royal: The Threats of Secularism

Robert Royal, founder of the Faith & Reason Institute and editor-in-chief of the Catholic Thing, spoke to Aquinas College on "The Threats of Secularism" on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. The lecture was jointly sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Faith and Culture. The Threats of Secularism Catholics in America and other parts of the world, live in secular states that claim to be pluralistic and to respect religious beliefs. But there is no little confusion — and...


Joseph Pearce: "The Evangelizing Power Of Beauty: Converting the Culture"

Joseph Pearce, Aquinas College’s Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, presented his inaugural lecture on the Feast of St. Augustine, August 28, 2014, on the following topic: Evangelism is not an option for the Christian. It is a commandment. To love God and neighbour has to mean that we want to bring our neighbour to God. The three ways of evangelizing our neighbour are through the power of the good, the true and the beautiful. The way of the good is the...


Dr. John Cuddeback: St. Thomas on Truth, Goodness & Beauty

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? The common discussions regarding truth, beauty and goodness often stem from very subjective opinions and end with an “agree to disagree” resolution. But should they? In his presentation Dr. Cuddeback will raise the questions: What is beauty? What is truth? What is goodness? Who decides? Does it matter? Drawing from the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, Dr. Cuddeback will pursue the relationships between truth, beauty and goodness especially as they refer...


Dr. Peter Kreeft: Values And Feelings

In his famous work, Back to Virtue, Dr. Kreeft warned against modern society’s rejection of virtue and reduction of values to feelings. Can I say that my values are true? Or would this be judgmental, implying that some values are wrong? Are values a matter of individual taste? This talk will explore these questions, their implications, and their consequences in our modern society. About Dr. Kreeft Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and the King’s College in New...