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Aquinas Reading Group

Aquinas Reading Group:
Thinking about Created Things with Aquinas,
Basil, Bonaventure and Pope Francis


The Theme in 2015-16

This year the Aquinas Reading Group will look at Thomas’s discussion of creatures in his treatment of the six days of creation in the Summa Theologiae (ST I, 65-74). Alongside this we will consider Bonaventure writing on creation in his Breviloquium and a work by Basil the Great, the Hexameron, also on the six days of creation. In Michaelmas term, we will moreover read the new encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, which deals with the earth as our common home. 


The Time and Venue

The group will meet from 7.45-9.15pm at Pembroke College, in Room J2 thanks to the generosity of the Dean, Dr James Gardom.


The Texts for Easter Term 2016

Bonaventure's Breviloquium II, on creation (a copy of this section is available for consultation in the Divinity faculty library)

Basil's Hexameron


The Schedule for Easter Term 2016

Wednesday 27 April 2016: Bonaventure's Breviloquium II 

Wednesday 11 May 2016: Basil's Hexameron

Wednesday 25 May 2016: Basil's Hexameron

Wednesday 8 June 2016:  Basil's Hexameron


Dr Andrew Davison (Corpus Christi,
Dr Jacob Sherman (Emmanuel,

Co-ordination: Silvianne Bürki (Pembroke,



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