This Theology/Philosophy course will be taught by Ryan Hurd, and will run from September 25th through December 9th. The syllabus is available here.
The Thomist Seminar I focuses on Thomas’s bachelor work, his commentary on Lombard’s Sentences. In this particular seminar, we will narrow in on the first book of the Sentences (recently translated and available in English), which focuses on doctrine of God. Thomas’s attempt to integrate the sententiae, i.e. clear and certain insights, of the fathers into a theological whole provided the backdrop for his later attempts as a master, producing e.g. the Summae. Looking just at I Sent dd 1–21 (mostly on the doctrine of the holy Trinity), we will discover the richness of Thomas’s developing thought in conversation with the fathers as presented and tasked by the Lombard. Through this course, the student will not only be inducted into medieval theologie(s), especially Thomas’s; but also begin to understand the function of patristic and other authorities in the development of theology, as well as the relationship between medieval and later e.g. early modern theologie(s).
Ryan Hurd (Doctoral Student, Theologische Universiteit Kampen) is a systematic theologian whose area of expertise is doctrine of God, specifically the Trinity. His primary training is in the high medievals and early modern scholastics as well as the 20th century ressourcement movement. He has written a number of articles and regularly does translations of early modern theology sources; but his primary project is writing a systematics of the Trinity.
Online only, runs 10 weeks, meeting 2 hr./wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion on the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register to reserve your spot and schedule will be set after a poll of participating students; if the class time does not fit your schedule, you will be eligible for a full refund.
This is a graduate-level course. Although a BA is not a necessary pre-requisite for this course, students should come prepared to do graduate-level work.