Our programs engage theology actively, fully, and consciously informed by the breadth of theological and cultural traditions.
Analogous to Augustine’s way of "doing" theology, we contextualize the study of Christian faith claims meaningfully within an analysis of contemporary culture, relating faith and culture for our time as Augustine did for his.
Enriched by the tradition of St. Augustine, whose theology powerfully related faith, reason, and culture, our programs envisions "understanding what we believe"(*) as faith engaging culture and develop this particular relationship within the Augustinian tradition.
In the Augustinian tradition, theology never is an "end-product" but a reality that emerges in interaction with contemporary culture.
(*) Augustine, On Free Choice of the Will, bk. 1, §4, trans. Thomas Williams [Indianapolis: Hackett, 1993] 7. Anselm of Canterbury later reformulates, "faith seeking understanding."
Our programs are built upon the theological and educational vision of the Augustinian tradition that "there is no better way to pursue the truth than by questioning and answering" ( neque melius quaeri ueritas possit, quam interrogando et respondendo ; Sol. II.7.14).
Implementing – in theory and practice – the Augustinian ideal of unity (unitas ), truth ( veritas ), and compassion ( caritas ), we pursue knowledge in depth, breadth, and rigor on all program levels.
Theological studies in the Augustinian tradition as conceived, studied and advanced at Villanova are multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.
No single theological discipline studies faith engaging culture in isolation; it is accomplished by placing diverse academic areas in dialogue with each other.
Our programs' most important contribution to learning in the third millennium is the integration (not the parallel study) of knowledge.