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The Patricia H. Imbesi Saint Augustine Fellow Public Lecture

March 24, 2015
Bartly1011 - 4:30 pm

Dr. Brian Matz
"When Wealthy People Become Thieves:  Christianity's Treatment of Superfluous Goods."

While strange to think wealthy people would ever resort to thievery, the history of Christianity's reflection on the nature of superfluous goods has led it to conclude that the hoarding of wealth is really stealing from those with unmet, physical needs. This lecture ranges from classical antiquity's distinction between the use and the ownership of goods, to early Christian views on particular kinds of superfluous goods, and to contemporary Christianity's concern with economic justice.



The Vivian J. Lamb Lecture Series

April 15, 2015 - Driscoll Hall Auditorium
3:30 pm

Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology
"The Sciences of Emergent Complexity:  Evolutionary Emergence of Body, Mind, and Spirituality"

Science is more than physics and we are more than a “pack of neurons.” This Vivian J. Lamb Lecture explores the new sciences of emergent complexity. A quick trip from the beginnings of the cosmos to birth of consciousness and beyond shows that no single law rules every innovation; each new level calls for a new set of tools and concepts to explain it. The picture of an evolving universe suggests very different answers to some of humanity’s most enduring questions. Could it be that the emergence of novelty is a deeper insight than reduction? How should we re-conceive thought, mind, culture, and human civilization in relation to religion and spirituality?


Patristic, Medieval, & Renaissance Studies Conference (PMR)

October 16-18, 2015

The Scriptural Imagination


Lewis Ayres
Durham University
Author of Nicaea and Its Legacy and Augustine and the Trinity


Vittorio Montemaggi
University of Notre Dame
Co-Editor of Dante’s Commedia: Theology as Poetry


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