Graduate Course at the Augustine Institute Orange County Campus

chrisTheology 685
Thomas Aquinas: God and the Good Life

Mondays & Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. May 23 – July 14
(excluding May 30 & July 4)

Christ Cathedral Campus, Tower of Hope,
Third Floor Conference Room

Course Description

This course focuses on one of the most famous and influential theologians in the Catholic tradition, Thomas Aquinas. We will study Thomas’s “five ways” to argue for God’s existence, as well as his answer to the question, “How can an all-good, all-powerful God allow evil in the world?” We will also discuss Thomas’s understanding of how we can speak about God, God’s own nature as knowing and loving, as well as Thomas’s conception of other characteristics of the God.

The second half of the course will turn to Thomas’s understanding of the good life based on the theological virtues—faith, hope, and love—as well as his discussion of other virtues—practical wisdom, temperance, justice, and courage—needed for human happiness and a just communal life.

Reading List

  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles, book one University of Notre Dame Press, 1975.
  • Christopher Kaczor, ed., Thomas Aquinas on Faith, Hope, and Love. Sapientia Press, 2008.
  • Christopher Kaczor and Thomas Sherman, S.J., eds., Thomas Aquinas on Justice, Temperance, Courage, and Practical Wisdom. Sapientia Press, 2009.
    Edward Feser, Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide. 2009.

Dr. Christopher Kaczor (rhymes with razor) is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University and is in the James Madison Society of Princeton University. He graduated from the Honors Program of Boston College and earned a Ph.D. four years later from the University of Notre Dame. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Kaczor is a former Federal Chancellor Fellow at the University of Cologne and William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.

His twelve books include The Gospel of Happiness, The Seven Big Myths about Marriage, A Defense of Dignity, The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church, The Ethics of Abortion, O Rare Ralph McInerny: Stories and Reflections on a Legendary Notre Dame Professor, Thomas Aquinas on the Cardinal Virtues; Life Issues-Medical Choices; Thomas Aquinas on Faith, Hope, and Love; The Edge of Life, and Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition.

Dr. Kaczor’s views have been in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, National Review, NPR, BBC, EWTN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, MSNBC, TEDx, and The Today Show.

Location and Contact Information

Tower of Hope — 9th Floor
13280 Chapman Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 620-7825

ocinfo@augustineinstitute.org