As Aristotle teaches, the highest and most noble natural activity of the human person is to know God's existence and nature through His creatures. To do this in a scientific manner is the business of the highest part of the science of metaphysics, namely, natural theology. Over the course of eight class meetings, we shall endeavor to unpack and meditate on St. Thomas Aquinas's principal teachings in the realm of natural theology. We shall do so by examining most of questions 2-26 of the Prima pars of the Summa theologiae.  

Course begins on Thursday, February 9th, 2023, at 5:30pm Pacific (8:30pm Eastern), and goes for EIGHT consecutive Thursdays.

Required texts: St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae, Prima pars (especially questions 2-26 and questions 104-105) [available here:]; and some other texts to be distributed by the professor.

About Instructor

David Arias

Dr. David Arias is a professor of philosophy at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE. Prior to coming to Nebraska, Dr. Arias taught philosophy, theology, natural science, mathematics, literature, and various other subjects for eleven years at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA. Dr. Arias has published in both scholarly and popular venues. His main areas of scholarly interest are natural philosophy and metaphysics. On a more personal note, Dr. Arias is happily married to Jennaya Arias and together they are the blessed parents of thirteen children (nine boys and four girls).

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