"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: 'Give them something to eat' (Mk 6:37)." (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (November 2013), #49)


Course: Aristotle on Nature

Rev Dr Andrew Murray SM

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  Starts Tuesday 1 June

This course will involve a careful reading of texts of Aristotle on nature and the workings of nature beginning with Physics I – III and then Meteorology I & II.  Contrast will be made with the early modern conception of nature, much of which we live with today.  For Aristotle, nature is a principle of motion and the world is understood best through its most sophisticated substances – human beings.  Nevertheless, Aristotle was interested in the details of natural events and we will reflect on wind, rain, the saltiness of the sea and earthquakes, among other things.

Andrew Murray is a Marist Father, who spent most of his life teaching philosophy, first at Catholic Theological Union and then at Catholic Institute of Sydney.  He maintains a special interest in Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle.

Presenter: Rev Dr Andrew Murray SM
Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, Sydney
When: Four Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, 1, 8, 15 & 22 June, 2021
Cost: $150 (including printed readings and notes)

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Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

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