"True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a
deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #47.)



Course: Origen of Alexandria and Scripture

Denis Minns OP
JDenis Minns

Starts Thursday 6 September
Origen of Alexandria (185-254) was the most prolific and most brilliant scriptural scholar of the early Church, and one of its most original and most controversial theologians. This course will explore his understanding of how the scriptures should be interpreted, examine his interpretation of some passages from scripture in detail, and outline some aspects of the theological and spiritual understanding he drew from them.

Denis Minns is a Dominican friar and former lecturer at Oxford where he lectured in history and doctrine of the early Church. He specialises in the theology of the second century. He is co-author of the Apologies of Justin Martyr (2009) and translator of Yves Congar’s Journal of the Council (2012). He has recently revised his book Irenaeus (1994). He currently lectures at Catholic Institute of Sydney and is priest in residence at Drummoyne.

Presenter: Denis Minns OP, PhD
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Four Thursday mornings, 10am - 12noon, 6 - 27 September 2018 
Cost: $144/person (including notes)

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available. It helps a lot. 

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