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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Our programs integrate philosophy and theology to apply the wisdom of these traditions today.

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We study the questions that matter in the tradition of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

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Pursuing the truth as a community and dialoguing with the culture are essential elements of our education.

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Highlights

Lenten Art Reflections with Michael Morris, OP

We have prepared a series of brief videos with Lenten art reflections by DSPT Professor of Religion and the Arts Michael Morris, OP, discussing various paintings to help us enter into the Lenten season and meditate on the Passion.

LECTURE: Thomas Aquinas in Art & Legend

Join us on March 18 in person or online for the 25th Annual Aquinas Lecture delivered by DSPT Professor of Religion and the Arts Michael Morris, OP who will speak on Saint Thomas Aquinas in Art and Legend: An Iconographic Study of the Angelic Doctor.

Newest Doctor of the Church - St. Gregory of Narek

Only 36 people have been given this title which indicates the outstanding character of their writing, teaching and preaching for the Church in all ages. This Doctor of the Church is an Armenian, St. Gregory of Narek: a poet, a mystic and a theologian.

Spring 2015 Courses

Take a look at what we are offering this spring: Philosophical Anthropology; Western Social Thought; Twentieth Century Thomism; Hellenistic & Roman Philosophy; Natural Law; Contemporary Cinema: Theological Reflection; Medieval Mystics Seminar - and more.

Before-and-After Film Series

Screenings of of six films that transformed the art of filmmaking and pushed its spiritual frontier, with an introduction & a discussion led by DSPT Fellow Ron Austin, a Hollywood producer & writer, member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

NEW VIDEOS: Why Philosophy is Important for Theology

We asked various philosophers & theologians why philosophy matters & why it is important for theology. Watch our brief videos to hear John Searle, Linda Zagzebski, Ed Feser, John O'Callaghan, Fred Freddoso and others.

Video & Papers from God, Reason and Reality Symposium

A symposium on "God, Reason and Reality", a collection of articles edited by Anselm Ramelow, OP, with Ed Feser as a guest speaker and Michael Dodds, OP, one of the contributors, discussing questions of the existence and nature of God.

Sharing the Fruits of Our Contemplation

Michele Johnson, high school theology teacher: "My greatest joy is to teach Christian morality. I guide students to explore the questions that are the most fundamental to who they are. That is my Dominican education at work."

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Meet our professors and learn about our classes, concentrations and programs to see what makes us unique. Do you have questions? Would you like to sit in on a class? Contact us to get more information or plan a visit.

Faculty spotlight

Michael Morris, OP

I train my students to develop an understanding of religious art as the key to a deeper understanding of theology. For me, it is an important and pleasurable quest to experience in religious studies the beauty that radiates from truth. My teaching method is the classic lecture style with visual aids accompanied by discussion.

Justin Gable, OP

I hope that my teaching will assist my students in developing that ability or habit of mind we might call "critical thinking," a facility for analyzing and actively engaging issues, instead of passively receiving information. Most of all, I would hope that my students walk away from my courses having fallen just a little bit more in love with the truth of things.

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2 Degrees with 1 Thesis

At DSPT, you can earn two Masters degrees (MA Philosophy/MA Theology) with the completion of a single thesis. Several concentrations are available, including Thomistic Studies and Religion & the Arts.

Religion & the Arts

Our concentration in Religion & the Arts offers a full range of approaches that consider the nature & role of art in society, with faculty expertise from philosophical, historical & theological perspectives, including media such as film & poetry.

Philosophy for Theology Class

Specialized according to the DSPT approach of integrated study, this course offers a nuts and bolts survey of watershed moments in the history of Western thought, providing the foundational knowledge and vocabulary for any further theological study.

History of Christianity Class

Never before have the first 1100 years of Christianity been narrated quite like this. Distinguished historian Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP, brings his renowned lecturing skills to the podium with tales of intrigue, blood, miracles, and controversy.

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