development of doctrine
revelation, magisterium, and human reason
June 18 - 20, 2020 | Cedar Rapids, IA
Featuring matthew levering and fr. aquinas guilbeau, o.p.
Vatican I declares that "right reasoning . . . illumined by [the light of faith], perfects the knowledge of divine things," but also that, "the doctrine of faith . . . has not been handed down as a philosophic invention to the human mind to be perfected, but has been entrusted as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ, to be faithfully guarded and infallibly interpreted." (Dei Filius, 4)
How does reason perfect faith? How does the theologian perfect knowledge of divine things while faithfully guarding the revelation entrusted to the Church? If, as St. John Henry Newman says, "here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often," how does our faith stay alive while remaining the same? How do we distinguish between organic and inorganic development of doctrine?
These questions cut to the heart of philosophy and theology as disciplines in service to the Church. Differing answers to these questions are the source of the contemporary crisis in Catholic thought.
Additional Papers Requested
Please submit a ~300 word abstract by January 15, 2020 to
| keynote Speaker
James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology
Mundelein Seminary ~ Mundelein, IL
Levering is an author or co-author of around thirty books including Scripture and Metaphysics, Participatory Biblical Exegesis, Biblical Natural Law, Engaging the Doctrine of Revelation, Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and Proofs of God. He has been editor or co-editor of more than fifteen books including The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology, Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology, and The Reception of Vatican II, and also the translator of Gilles Emery, O.P.’s The Trinity. Levering is also co-editor of the academic journals Nova et Vetera and of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the St. Paul Center, a member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together, and Vice President of the Academy of Catholic Theology.
Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, o.p.
| plenary Speaker
Prior and Assistant Professor of Moral Theology
The Dominican House of Studies ~ Washington, D.C.
A native of Louisiana, Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., entered the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in 2005. After several years of pastoral work in New York City, Fr. Guilbeau began doctoral studies in moral theology at the University of Fribourg, where he completed a dissertation on St. Thomas Aquinas’s doctrine of the common good. In addition to his teaching, Fr. Guilbeau serves as senior editor of Aleteia.org (English edition). He is also the current prior of the Dominican House of Studies.