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Seminar, “Person, Nature, and Human Flourishing”
January 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 6, 2020
“You first loved us so that we might love You – not because You needed Our love, but because we could not be what You created us to be, except by loving You.” — William of Saint Thierry
About This Seminar
What is a human person? Do we have a common human nature? Are there principles of life common to all members of the human race? How do we interact with each other, with society, and the world? What does it mean to “flourish” – and can that really happen in today’s culture?
In ten one-hour weekly evening sessions, using Aristotle, Aquinas, Sacred Scripture, and other texts of the Church, Sister Mary Diana Dreger, O.P., M.D. will explore these questions and more using a Christian view of the human person, family, society, culture, and the world.
Readings will be posted prior to each session. Please RSVP below to reserve your seat and to receive notifications about this seminar when new information is available. The seminar is free to the public.
Sessions will be held on the 2nd floor of the Aquinas Main building, accessible by stairs, room to be determined based on group size.
- January 27 – “A Christian View of Humanity: Introduction and Overview”
For the first session of Person, Nature, & Human Flourishing, you might want to read and/or view these materials. Consider what is happiness, what is flourishing, and whether these concepts are universal or dependent on faith.
- February 3 – “The Human Person”
This short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxM9BZeRrUI identifies and explains several current “theories of personhood.” You might guess (correctly) that none of these are particularly Christian.
- February 10 – “Human Nature”
http://opcentral.org/a-companion-to-the-summa-volume-i/ Once you get to this link, scroll down to “Mankind” (#13), and then scroll down to “Conclusion” — for the most important piece. You are certainly welcome to read all of this!
https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2010/11/real-social-justice This article might give you different ways of thinking about “society” — and so what the “social nature of man” might mean.
- February 17 – “Created in Imago Dei”
- February 24 – “For Truth and Love”
Attached are our usual excerpts form the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. In addition there is an excerpt from an encyclical by Pope John Paul II on “Faith and Reason,” as well as some excerpts from a book by Neil Postman entitled Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business.
On detraction and calumny: Click here
You might also enjoy Pope John Paul’s preliminary encyclical on truth, Veritatis Splendor (On the Splendor of Truth) found here, with its 199 uses of the word “truth.”
- March 2 – “Law, Justice, and Mercy”
- March 9 – “Virtue and Grace”
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church on virtue link
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church on grace – scroll to par. 1996 link
- March 23 – “Work and Vocation”
- March 30 – “Prayer and Friendship”
- April 6 – “Flourishing and Happiness”