Spring Webinar Series on Reason and Wisdom in Medieval Christian Thought.

This event is hosted by the Lumen Christi Institute and cosponsored by Collegium Institute, the Saint Benedict Institute, and the Nova Forum.

What can reason discover about God? Are there other possible ways to know God? Medieval Christians undertook great rational enterprises—including the sharp logic of Abelard and the grand system of Thomas Aquinas—as well as practiced experiential and contemplative modes of knowing, as did Bernard of Clairvaux. This course will examine how different preeminent medieval Christian thinkers saw the relationship between reason and wisdom, how to arrive at them, and so how to seek the face of God.

Join us for our second installment of our Spring Webinar Series. Professor Aaron Canty, who teaches theology and medieval thought at Saint Xavier University, will present on the thought of Saint Anselm of Canterbury (d. 1106).

Anselm was a startlingly original monastic writer and thinker who drank deeply of Augustinian and patristic theology but formulated his own theological and philosophical writings in spare and compelling chains of reasoning. His “Why God Became Man”, “Monologion”, and “Proslogion” each chart new ways to practice ‘believing in order to understand (credo ut intelligam).’ This event is free and open to the public. Online registration through Constant Contact, linked below, is required. This event will take place online through Zoom. Registrants will receive a link to the webinar via email.


Upcoming Seminars:

Thursday, April 23, 7PM CDT
“Thomas Aquinas on Ways to Know God” | Brian Carl (University of St. Thomas, Houston)

Thursday, April 30, 7PM CDT
Hildegard of Bingen (Title TBD) | Barbara Newman (Northwestern University)

Thursday, May 7, 7PM CDT
Abelard and Bernard of Clairvaux (Title TBD) | Willemien Otten (University of Chicago)

Thursday, May 14, 7PM CDT
Julian of Norwich (Title TBD) | Katie Bugyis (University of Notre Dame)

Thursday, May 21, 7PM CDT
Bonaventure (Title TBD) | Kevin Hughes (Villanova University)

More dates will be added as speakers are confirmed.