Willemien OttenUniversity of Chicago Divinity School
Bernard McGinnUniversity of Chicago
Aaron CantySaint Xavier University
Robert PorwollUniversity of Chicago
Peter J. CasarellaUniversity of Notre Dame
Paul Mankowski, SJLumen Christi Institute
Ralph KeenUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Perry HamalisNorth Central College
6:00 Dinner | 6:30 Lecture
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With the recovery of the works of Aristotle in the Latin West, the development of the scholastic method of reasoning, and the creation of the universities, a style of academic philosophy and theology developed in the late medieval period in which the practice of reasoning about Christian revelation was developed independent of spirituality and, often, the search for wisdom. Previously, in the works of the Church Fathers and the great monastic writers, theology was rooted in a spiritual life uniting prayer and the search for understanding.
This course will introduce students to major Christian figures and themes of the medieval period, with special attention to the relationship of faith and reason.
Willemien Otten (University of Chicago)
Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago)
Anselm of Canterbury
Aaron Canty (Saint Xavier University)
Hugh & Richard of St. Victor
Robert Porwoll (University of Chicago)
Peter Casarella (Univeristy of Notre Dame)
*Beauty as Splendor
Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ (Lumen Christi Institute)
Thomas a Kempis
Ralph Keen (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Perry Hamalis (North Central College)
*Note the speaker and topic for this session has been changed. We hope to reschedule a talk by Denis McNamara in the future.
Willemien Otten is Professor of Theology and the History of Christianity; also in the College; Associate Faculty in the Department of History, Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. She holds an M.A. and PhD from the University of Amsterdam. Otten studies the history of Christianity and Christian thought with a focus on the Western medieval and the early Christian intellectual tradition, including the continuity of Platonic themes. She is coeditor of Eriugena and Creation (2014), On Religion and Memory (2013), and the Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (430–2000) (2013). Her most recent project is entitled “Natura Educans: The Psychology of Pantheism from Eriugena to Emerson.”
Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School and the Committees on Medieval Studies and on General Studies at the University of Chicago. He has written extensively about the history of apocalyptic thought, spirituality, and mysticism. McGinn's many books include Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil, The Presence of God, a multivolume history of Western Christian mysticism, and most recently Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae: A Biography.
Aaron Canty is Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Xavier University. His current research focuses on the development of medieval Christology, eschatology, and scriptural exegesis. He is author of Light and Glory: The Transfiguration of Christ in Early Franciscan and Dominican Theology (Catholic University of America Press, 2011) and an edition of excerpts from John of La Rochelle’s commentaries on the Synoptic Gospels (in Archivum Franciscanum Historicum). He is currently working on a study of scholastic eschatology.
Robert Porwoll is a PhD student in the History of Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He holds a BA from Wheaton College and an MA from Saint Louis University. His dissertation, "Parisian Pedagogies: The Educational Debates between Abelard, Hugh of St. Victor, Peter Lombard, and John of Salisbury," examines how these pre-university, proto-scholastic teachers articulated seminal pedagogical paths that exerted great influence on later thinkers, within and without the university. He is currently a Junior Fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion.
Peter J. Casarella is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and World Religions and World Church at the University of Notre Dame. He received his PhD in Religious Studies at Yale University. Before coming to Notre Dame in 2013, Casarella served as professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University where he was also the director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He has taught previously at the University of Dallas and The Catholic University of America. He has published almost fifty essays in scholarly journals on a variety of topics—e.g., medieval Christian Neoplatonism, contemporary theological aesthetics, and the Hispanic/Latino presence in the U.S. Catholic Church. In 2005 he served as President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the US (ACHTUS). He has edited or co-edited: Cuerpo de Cristo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church (1998), Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré (1998), Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance (2006), and, most recently, A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (2011). He is author of Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress and Word as Bread: Language and Theology in Nicholas of Cusa.
Paul Mankowski, SJ, is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute. A native of South Bend, Indiana, and a member of the Society of Jesus, he has an A.B. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Oxford, and a PhD in Semitic Philology from Harvard University. He taught for many years at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and has published in the areas of language, theology, and the biblical text.
Ralph Keen is Professor of History and Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation Chair in Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. from Yale University, and a PhD in the History of Christianity from the University of Chicago. A historian of Early Modern Europe, Professor Keen works with how thinkers in one era retrieve and apply the writings of earlier figures in the tradition. He has authored two books, Divine and Human Authority in Reformation Thought and Exile and Restoration in Jewish Thought, as well as a textbook from Prentice Hall, entitled The Christian Tradition. He has also edited or compiled nine other books and written dozens of articles for a variety of books and journals.
Perry Hamalis holds the Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion endowed chair at North Central College. He holds a B.A. from Boston College, a master of divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Hamalis teaches and pursues scholarship in the field of Religious Ethics, with special interest in the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition, virtue ethics, and the intersection of religion and political philosophy. His works have been published in Studies in Christian Ethics, the Journal of Religion, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Greek Orthodox Theological Review, and in numerous encyclopedias; and he has contributed essays to edited volumes including The Orthodox Christian World, Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration, and Thinking Through Faith. His forthcoming monograph, Formed by Death: Insights for Ethics from Eastern Orthodox Christianity, will be published by University of Notre Dame Press.