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Theology and Philosophy

The institute encourages the study of Thomas Aquinas and the Thomistic tradition as a living voice and inspiration for Catholic theology and philosophy. It does so by means of ongoing research and public colloquia, as well as collaboration with other institutes and university entities.

Staff

Rev. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

Director | Professor, Faculty of Theology, Angelicum
Curriculum Vitae (click for pdf)

Fr. White is the Director of the Thomistic Institute at the Angelicum. He did his doctoral studies at Oxford University, and has research interests in metaphysics, Christology, Trinitarian theology, and the theology of grace. His books include The Incarnate Lord, A Thomistic Study in Christology (2015) and The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism (2017). He is co-editor of the academic journal Nova et Vetera and in 2011 was appointed an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. In 2019 Fr. White was named a McDonald Agape Foundation Distinguished Scholar.

Rev. Bernhard Blankenhorn, O.P.

Associate Director | Professor, Faculty of Theology, Angelicum

He did his doctoral studies at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, under the direction of Gilles Emery. He has published The Mystery of Union with God: Dionysian Mysticism in Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas (CUA Press, 2015).  He is completing a textbook on the Eucharist.  His other research interests include medieval Dominican mystical theologies, the function of metaphysics in theology, the grace/nature relation, the notion of revelation, the development of doctrine, Eucharistic theology, and the charisms.

Education:

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)

Academic Activities:

Member, International Society for the Study of Medieval Theology
Editorial Board, Angelicum

Contact: [email protected]

Rev. Simon Gaine, O.P.

Pinckaers Chair in Theological Anthropology and Ethics | Faculty of Theology, Angelicum

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.

Rev. Mariusz Tabaczek, O.P.

Project for Science and Religion | Faculty of Theology, Angelicum

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. For the past three years 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.

E-mail: [email protected]
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6985-8337.

Rev. Thomas Davenport, O.P.

Project for Science and Religion | Faculty of Theology, Angelicum

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. For the past two years he has been an Assistant Professor of Physics at Providence College in Providence, RI, where he has been teaching physics and restarting a research program in particle physics. 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.

Sister Mary Micaela Hoffmann, RSM

Program Coordinator | Contact: [email protected]

Sister Thomas Miriam White, RSM

Program Coordinator | Contact: [email protected]

The Thomist Heritage of the Angelicum

The Angelicum has its historical roots in the 13th century studium provinciale in Rome, where St. Thomas Aquinas was himself assigned to teach in 1265. In the 20th century, many great figures have been associated with the Thomistic studies of the university, including Bl. Hyacinth-Marie Cormier, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Marie-Dominique Chenu, Santiago Ramirez, Cornelius Fabro, J.M.R. Tillard, and Pope St. John Paul II.

The Angelicum has its historical roots in the 13th century studium provinciale in Rome where St. Thomas Aquinas was himself assigned to teach in 1265.

Fr. Thomas Joseph White’s

Background

Education

B.A., Brown University
S.T.L. Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.
M.Phil. and D.Phil. Oxford University

Research Interests

Doctrine of the Trinity, Christology, grace and nature, philosophical issues in theology, Catholic-Reformed dialogue

Academic Activities

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

Fr. Thomas Joseph White’s

Recent Publications

The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism

Catholic University of America Press, 2017

Exodus

Brazos Press, 2016

The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology

Catholic University of America Press, 2015

Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Study in Thomistic Natural Theology

Sapientia Press, 2016, Second Edition

Fr. Bernhard Blankenhorn’s

Background

Education

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)

Research Interests

Theology of revelation, the place of metaphysics in theology, mystical theology, Eucharistic theology

Academic Activities

Member, International Society for the Study of Medieval Theology
Editorial Board, Angelicum

Fr. Bernhard Blankenhorn’s

Recent Publications

The Mystery of Union with God: Dionysian Mysticism in Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas

The Catholic University of America Press, 2015

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