"Without any understanding of man's deep-seated urge to self-transcend, of his very reluctance to take the hard, ascending way, and his search for some bogus liberation either below or to one side of his personality, we cannot hope to make sense of our own particular period of history or indeed of history in general, of life as it was lived in the past and as it is lived today. For this reason I propose to discuss some of the more common Grace-substitutes, into which and by means of which men and women have tried to escape from the tormenting consciousness of being merely themselves. .... human beings have felt the radical inadequacy of their personal existence, the misery of being their insulated selves and not something else, something wider, something in Wordsworthian phrase, 'far more deeply interfused'." (Aldous
Huxley, "Appendix" from The Devils of Loudun, Penguin Books, 1971, 313f.)

FAQ

Do I need to be a Christian to join this course?

All people of good will are welcome at Aquinas. We do recommend that you come as an honest searcher, an adult with a questioning mind.

Do I need to bring anything along to the classes?

Most of the courses and workshops at Aquinas are informal. You might find it useful to bring a notebook and pen to jot down your own reflections and references for further reflection. However if you are studying for the Certificate in Religious Studies course you may wish to take more comprehensive notes for the assignments. Most courses have hand out material supplied.

Do I need to buy any other books to do the courses?

Some courses have a Reader that is produced as an aid which is available for purchase at the beginning of the course. From time to time the presenters my also recommend texts. Normally you will not need to buy any other books.

Are there course fees?

Yes, there are course fees. Aquinas is a not-for-profit adult education centre run by the Marist Fathers. Course fees cover part of the cost for keeping Aquinas going. If a genuine student is unable to afford the course, a donation is accepted. This should be negotiated beforehand.

Do you have a bookstore?

Yes, Aquinas has a small selection of books for sale, both new and used. We are also willing to order in books on request.