A professor emeritus will give a lecture on a new book


Reverend Monsignor Thomas G. Guarino, STD, Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology at the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, will lead a discussion on his new book, The immutable truth of God? Crucial philosophical questions for theologyat 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2022 in the Chapel of Christ the Good Shepherd at Lewis Hall.

A light reception will follow the conference, where books will be available for purchase. Registration is encouraged and those interested can register by emailing theology@shu.edu.

The immutable truth of God? Crucial philosophical questions for theology (Catholic University Press) includes essays that show how Catholicism understands the proper use of philosophy in theology, as well as the proper relationship between human rationality and Christian faith, and between natural order and supernatural grace.

“Theology and philosophy are two essential disciplines. They could even be rightly called the foundation of a liberal arts education, especially in a Catholic university,” Archbishop Guarino said. “This book examines, from a theological perspective, how the two disciplines are interdependent – and why a vital and creative synthesis between them is both necessary and deeply productive for reason and for faith.”

To illustrate these points more deeply, Archbishop Guarino draws on the perspectives of Christian thinkers such as Origen, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Anselm, Newman, and John Paul II. It also examines the work of Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gianni Vattimo and many other philosophers.

Archbishop Guarino is an accomplished writer and a four-time recipient of the School of Theology’s Scholar of the Year (2004, 2009, 2016, and 2018). He is known for his past publications, including Foundations of systematic theology, Vattimo and theology, Evangelicals and Catholics together at twenty, Vincent de Lérins and the development of Christian doctrine and The Disputed Teachings of Vatican IIand dozens of articles and reviews in theological and philosophical journals.

Immaculate Conception Seminary is a house of formation for the Roman Catholic priesthood and Seton Hall University’s School of Theology. As a House of Formation, the Seminary offers men who are preparing for the priesthood the personal, academic, ministerial and spiritual formation essential to their conversion to Jesus Christ and their commitment to a life of service to the Church.

As a school of theology, the seminary provides a theological and philosophical foundation for men and women pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies; to prepare for ministries among the people of God; and various opportunities for continuing theological education.

The training of priests for the people of God has remained the constant objective of the Seminary, and the teachers of the Seminary – well-educated authors and scholars in their own fields – devote their time and energy to preparing these men for the priesthood in the middle of the challenges of the 21st century. The School also focuses on the education of lay men and women in theology, permanent deacons, religious who are not studying for ordination and already ordained priests, not only for their academic training, but also for their personal, pastoral and spiritual formation. .


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