2014 West Coast Meeting of the Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies


Philosophy as Handmaiden to Sacred Theology

Thursday June 19
Lecture 1
9:30 a.m.
“The Unfolding of Divine Wisdom: Faith and Theology as Perfections of Man’s Knowledge”
Peter Knuffke
Ph. D. Cand., University of Athens, Greece
Lecture 2
1:00 p.m.
“God as Transcendent Creator and His Distinction from the World”
Ryan J. Brady
Ph. D. Cand., Ave Maria University
Lecture 3
3:30 p.m.
“Aquinas on the Role of the Preambula Fidei within the Science of Sacred Doctrine”
John Goyette
Thomas Aquinas College
Friday June 20
Lecture 4
9:30 a.m.
“The Rational Soul as Form of the Human Body: Implications for Anthropogenesis and Embryogenesis”
Thomas K. Nelson
Mayo Clinic, Arizona
Lecture 5
1:00 p.m.
“Without Aristotle’s Sun, Are There Any Equivocal Causes Besides God?”
Christopher A. Decaen
Thomas Aquinas College
Lecture 6
3:30 p.m.
“Gate of Heaven: The Divine Beatitude as Preamble to Revealed Wisdom?”
Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O. Praem
St. Michael’s Abbey Seminary


Each talk will be about an hour long, and each will be followed by a substantial Question and Answer period. The talks will all take place in Room 106 of St. Albert the Great Science Hall at Thomas Aquinas College.


A dinner honoring the speakers will be held on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. A $30 registration fee, which includes the dinner, should be paid to Chris Decaen by a check payable to Thomas Aquinas College. (To attend merely the lectures a $10 fee to cover costs is required.)


The Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies is an international organization founded in 1974 for the purpose of promoting “Friendship in the pursuit of wisdom.” Its foundation is the work of Aristotle, along with those who preceded and prepared him, and those faithful disciples who followed him throughout the centuries. Principal among the former were the great Pre-Socratic thinkers and Plato, and among the latter, Aristotle’s greatest and most faithful disciple, St. Thomas Aquinas.



Plato and Aristotle, from Raphael’s School of Athens