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Course: "The Philosophy of God of Thomas Aquinas"

Edmund Lazzari, FOCUS Missionary at TCC/MIT

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Limited to 18 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: none

Does God exist? What can we know about God by reason alone? What kind of a thing would the creator of all reality be like? Is there any hope of knowing about such a being without anthropomorphizing it? Is there contradiction between God causing everything and the principles of the physical sciences? What does it mean to be all-powerful, all-knowing, or all good?

For anyone who wants serious answers to these questions (and not the facile non-answers of the “undergraduate atheists” Dawkins and Hitchens), the thirteenth-century philosopher Thomas Aquinas has been the go-to resource almost since he wrote his compilations of Aristotelian philosophy and Christian monotheism. This standard thinker is regularly referenced in philosophy classes, but few professors feel confident enough in his wide-ranging and holistic system of philosophy to give a good groundwork in his philosophy of God. 

 About the instructor: Edmund Lazzari has been studying the thought of Thomas Aquinas for 10 years and has published on the thought of Thomas Aquinas, Cappadocian Trinitarian theology, and liturgical music in journals such as the New Blackfriars Review and Sacred Music. He currently a missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students at MIT. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy from the Catholic University of America, where he focused on metaphysics, ethics, and Medieval Latin and Arabic philosophy.

Sponsor(s): Tech Catholic Community
Contact: Edmund Lazzari, W11-012,

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Edmund Lazzari - FOCUS Missionary at TCC/MIT