Christendom College

Christendom Professors Deliver Presentations at International Conferences

May 18, 2017

Christendom College theology professors Dr. R.J. Matava and Joseph Arias recently gave presentations at international conferences in Spain and Poland.

Matava, associate professor of theology and dean of Christendom’s Graduate School, presented a paper entitled, “Suárez On the Ontological Status of Divine Action: Implications For the Freewill Debate,” at the 53rd Reuniones Filosóficas, an international gathering of philosophers that takes place each spring at the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain.

Matava, associate professor of theology and dean of Christendom’s Graduate School, presented a paper Pamplona, Spain.

Arias, assistant professor of theology and dean of students at the Graduate School, gave a presentation at the Thomas Aquinas and the Renewal of Biblical Theology International Conference at Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika (Nicolaus Copernicus University), in Toruń, Poland. Arias’s presentation was “Justifying Abraham: the Fruits of Saint Thomas’s Favorable Reading of the Patriarchs Revisited in Light of Magisterial and Canonical Sources.”

Both conferences brought together scholars from various universities around the world. Matava noted how participation in such conferences makes it possible for Christendom professors to share the mission of the College with the wider, and indeed global, academic community. 

Arias, assistant professor of theology and dean of students at the Graduate School, gave a presentation in Toruń, Poland.

“Presenting the fruits of their research and teaching to other scholars at international conferences, where responses, questions, and comments can be exchanged immediately and in a spirit of collegiality, is one valuable way our professors can serve Christendom’s mission, and the graduate’s school’s particular mission to be a center of theological renewal in and for the Church,” said Matava.

This summer, both Matava and Arias will be teaching in the Graduate School’s summer program. Courses include God the Father, Sexual and Biomedical Ethics, Patristics, and Holy Spirit & Ecclesiology. The graduate school is also offering courses in Greek and Natural Law in Classic Film. Registration may be found at the following URL: http://graduate.christendom.edu/academics/course-offerings/.

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