Fr. Simon Francis Gaine completed his doctoral studies at Oxford University on the topic of uncreated and created grace, and has served for many years as a Lector in Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology at Blackfriars, Oxford. He is the author of two monographs, Will There Be Free Will in Heaven? Freedom, Impeccability and Beatitude (London and New York: T and T Clark, 2003) and Did the Saviour See the Father? Christ, Salvation and the Vision of God (London: Bloomsbury T and T Clark, 2015). His current research is concerned especially with topics of theological anthropology.
Fr. Mariusz Tabaczek is a Polish Dominican and theologian. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and Church Licentiate from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. From 2017-2020 he worked as a researcher at the Thomistic Institute in Warsaw (Poland), a lecturer at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Warsaw and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Krakow, and a director of Studium Dominicanum in Warsaw.
He is interested in the science-theology dialogue, especially in the issues concerning science and creation theology, divine action, and evolutionary theory. His interests also go to other issues related to systematic, fundamental, and natural theology, philosophy of nature, philosophy of science (philosophy of biology, in particular), philosophy of causation, and metaphysics.
He published a number of articles on metaphysics and the issues concerning the relation between theology and science in Zygon, Theology and Science, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Scientia et Fides, and Polish Annals of Philosophy. He coauthored two chapters in the second edition of Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction (ed. by Gary Ferngren). His first book Emergence. Towards A New Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science was published in 2019 and was announced as one of the best metaphysics books to read in 2019 by Bookauthority.
He is currently working on two encyclopedia entries (“Prolegomena in Aquinas” for the T&T Clark New Encyclopedia of Christianity and “Emergence” for the Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible), a chapter for the T&T Clark Handbook of Creation (title: “Pantheism and Panentheism”), and a chapter entitled “Essentialist and Hylomorphic Notion of Species and Species Transformation” as part of the grant project on Thomistic Evolution run by Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. from the Providence College in Providence, RI. His forthcoming second book will refer to the panentheistic model of divine action based on the theory of emergence.
“Emergence” in the The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible
Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P. is a Dominican friar, physicist, and philosopher. Before joining the Dominican order he studied physics at the California Institute of Technology before going on to earn his doctorate in physics from Stanford University studying theoretical particle physics. The focus of his scientific research is writing and testing simulations for high energy particle colliders like the LHC at CERN. After joining the Dominicans in 2010, he studied philosophy and theology in preparation for his ordination to the priesthood in 2017. In addition, he earned a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America, focusing on the philosophy of science and natural philosophy. From 2018-2020 he served as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Providence College in Providence, RI, where he taught physics and picked up his research in particle physics again. He has written and spoken in a number of forums on the relationship between faith and science including being a contributor to the Thomistic Evolution project and organizing conferences on science and philosophy for the Thomistic Institute in Washington, DC.
B.A., Brown University
S.T.L. Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.
M.Phil. and D.Phil. Oxford University
Doctrine of the Trinity, Christology, grace and nature, philosophical issues in theology, Catholic-Reformed dialogue
Ordinary Member, Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas
Co-Editor, Nova et Vetera (English Edition)
Co-Director of Thomistic Ressourcement and Sacra Doctrina Series
Member, Academy of Catholic Theology
Fr. Val McInnes Chair, Angelicum, 2018-2019
Missionary of Mercy
M.A. (philosophy) & M.Div., Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology (Berkeley)
M.A. (theology), Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley)
S.T. D., University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
Theology of revelation, the place of metaphysics in theology, mystical theology, Eucharistic theology