Hope and Death: Christian Responses (Aquinas Center Conference)

Conference at Ave Maria University. Plenary speakers include Romanus Cessario, Michael Dauphinais, Scott Hahn, Matthew Levering, and many more.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has accelerated anxiety about the meaning of death and life and so also the need for thoughtful consideration of the realities of Christian hope. Drawing primarily upon the witness of biblical revelation and its reception and formulation in the teachings of Thomas Aquinas, the conference responds to contemporary questions related to suffering, death, and hope for eternal life. 

The Aquinas Center invites scholars and doctoral students to submit proposals for a 20-minute presentation on topics such as:  biblical and/or Thomistic eschatology; the meaning of suffering and/or death; death and resurrection; hope for eternal life; the virtue of hope in Aquinas; and other themes related to contemporary concerns insider and outside the Church.  Proposals may draw from across the wide range of the Catholic theological tradition with priority given to those engaging Thomas Aquinas and biblical theology. 

The conference will have a hybrid format, including both in-person and virtual components for speakers or attendees who may or may not be able to travel to the campus of Ave Maria University. Proposals should include a presentation title, 150-300-word abstract, a current C.V., and whether you expect to participate in the conference in an in-person or virtual mode.

Proposals are due October 1, 2020; Notification of acceptance will be given by November 1, 2020.


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