Hamartia, Evil, and Deity in Archaic and Classical Greek Thought

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, May 14th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Hamartia, Evil, and Deity in Archaic and Classical Greek Thought” by Will Desmond from the Spring 2020 (Volume 47.1) issue of Communio entitled “Lead Us Not into Temptation, but Deliver Us from Evil”.

The following is taken from the Introduction to the issue:
Will Desmond examines the distinctiveness of Christian forgiveness relative to Greek literature, philosophy, and religion in “Hamartia, Evil, and Deity in Archaic and Classical Greek Thought.” It is revealing that sacrifice, though a prime requirement of Greek piety, was not directed toward the expiation of sin nor toward the reception of mercy from the gods. In the tragic worldview, “the divine is jealous, and often cunningly malign, if it does indeed lure individuals to their doom. . . . To such deities, one cannot even pray: ‘Lead us not into temptation.’” Not even the classical philosophers present moral failing as in need of or affected by divine mercy. According to Desmond, confession of a God who can forgive us and who calls us to forgiveness paradoxically demands a graver account of sin’s transgression than was acknowledged by the pagan world before Christ.

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Is Reality Knowable?

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, April 9th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing with Norm Klassen the Dr. Keith Cassidy Lecture given by him entitled “Is Reality Knowable?”

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‘The Sparkling of the Holy Ghost’: The Metaphysics of Nature and Grace in Dante’s Paradiso

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, March 12th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “‘The Sparkling of the Holy Ghost’: The Metaphysics of Nature and Grace in Dante’s Paradiso” by Mary Taylor from the Fall-Winter 2019 (Volume 46.3-4) issue of Communio entitled Nature in Theology.

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The Body and the Bride of Christ: The Church as One Unique Transcendent Subject

Thank you to all of you who joined us for the Thomas Toast. By all accounts, it was a great success. Thank you to our panelists. Great to see some familiar faces. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, February 12th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “The Body and the Bride of Christ: The Church as One Unique Transcendent Subject” by Roch Kereszty from the Summer 2019 (Volume 46.2) issue of Communio entitled Mary, Motherhood, and the Church.

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Annual Thomas Toast 2021

As with many other things, this year’s Thomas Toast is going to be different. On Thursday, January 28th, the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, please join us at 6:00pm over zoom for a panel of Thomas testimonies, including one from Prof. Nikolaj Zunic, St. Jerome’s University. The testimonies will be followed by questions and further discussion. Whether you have studied the breadth of his Summa, or whether you feel lacking in your knowledge of one of the Church’s greatest intellectuals, you are sure to learn something about Thomas’ life and work. You could call this event Aquinas 101.

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Physics without Physis: On Form and Teleology in Modern Science

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, January 8th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Physics without Physis: On Form and Teleology in Modern Science” by Simon Oliver from the Fall-Winter (Volume 46.3-4) issue of Communio entitled Nature in Theology. The PDF can be downloaded here.

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Moral Theology and the Problem of Modernity

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, December 11th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Moral Theology and the Problem of Modernity” by David L. Schindler from the Summer 2019 (Volume 46.2) issue of Communio entitled Mary, Motherhood, and the Church. The PDF can be downloaded here.

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The Emperor’s (New) New Clothes: The Logic of the New ‘Gender Ideology’

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, November 13th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “The Emperor’s (New) New Clothes: The Logic of the New ‘Gender Ideology’” by Margaret H. McCarthy from the Fall-Winter 2019 (Volume 46.3-4) issue of Communio entitled Nature in Theology. The PDF can be downloaded here. Continue reading

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Freely to Give: Ferdinand Ulrich as Teacher and Spiritual Father

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, October 9th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Freely to Give: Ferdinand Ulrich as Teacher and Spiritual Father” by Stefan Oster from the Spring 2018 (Volume 46.1) issue of Communio entitled Being as an Image of Divine Love: A Symposium on Homo Abyssus. Continue reading

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That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation

You are invited to a study day on David Bentley Hart’s book “That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation” and his controversial proposal that Hell will be empty. There will be panelists presenting arguments and opportunities for group discussion. Saturday, September 19th, 2020 – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, St. Michael’s Church, Basement Hall, 80 University Avenue West, Waterloo. Continue reading

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