Lynch Lecture: "An Astonishing Wonder: Albert The Great (1200-1280). Scientist and Theologian"


Location: Jordan Hall of Science, room 105

Albert the Great

Speaker: Thomas F. O'Meara, O.P., William K. Warren Emeritus Professor of Theology

Albert the Great, teacher of Thomas Aquinas, was an important thinker in both science and theology in the Middle Ages.  He introduced a new realism (Aristotle) into Western intellectual life.  He worked to correct political violence and ecclesiastical corruption.  In his decades of teaching and writing, he drew on the writings of Jewish and Muslim philosophers as well as on Greek Christian theologians.  He described the natural sciences and theological reflection on Christian faith as independent academic fields and yet capable of dialogue with each other.

A past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P. continues to teach part-time at Notre Dame, Loyola University (Chicago), and the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago). He has been a visiting professor at Wartburg Lutheran Seminary, St. Joseph’s Theological Institute (Cedara, South Africa), the University of San Diego, and Boston College.

Among his fifteen books are: Theology of Ministry; Thomas Aquinas, Theologian; God in the World: A Guide to Karl Rahner’s Theology. And just published in 2012, Vast Universe. Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation.

Reception to follow in the Galleria.

Event poster: "An Astonishing Wonder. St. Albert the Great. Scientist and Theologian." (650kb PDF)