Explore a new topic or re-visit an old interest by exploring the God, Grace, and Gumption class archives below. Content is organized by course, so you can dip into a single lecture or take the course from start-to-finish on your own schedule. As you work through these materials, feel free to contact Father Justin with your questions or comments.
St. Thomas Aquinas, the thirteenth-century Dominican friar and doctor of the church, is a theologian whose gumption was matched only by his humility, and Denys Turner's recent Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait is a fabulously readable introduction to his life and thought. In this course, we try to learn to make theological sense by making sense of St. Thomas's theology, treating doctrines like creation, the Trinity, grace, Christ, and the Eucharist. In the process, we touch on some of the deepest concerns of human life: the existence of evil, the fact of death, and the mysteriousness of love.
Sarah Coakley, an Anglican priest and theologian teaching at Cambridge, has integrated mysticism and practices of prayer into her theological system from the ground up. We begin by taking a look at some of Coakley's earlier work on kenosis, Christology, and prayer before delving into the recently published first volume of her systematic theology, entitled God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’ (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Coakley’s work combines rigorous reflection on the theological traditions of the church with a practical emphasis on the transformation Christians undergo through practices of prayer and contemplation, the combination of which allows her to shed fresh light on matters of great social and political import, including (in this book) gender and sexuality. She is one of the most exciting theologians preaching and teaching in our church today.