David Dawson Vasquez

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Instructor of Dogmatic and Fundamental Theology

David Dawson Vasquez has been teaching theology in Rome since 2001. He has a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Systematic Theology with concentrations in Liturgy and Eschatology. In his research, he pursues the question of the way in which humans know God and is particularly interested in the relationship between liturgy and reason, including the meta-rational context of art and culture as regards the integration of humanity into the life of the Holy Trinity. He finds much food for thought in this regard in the patristic tradition, particularly the Alexandrian thinkers, Dionysius the Areopagite, and Maximus the Confessor. Contemporary questions in the theology of marriage is also a fascinting case study of this issue.

In Rome, Dr. Dawson has taught students at the undergraduate, seminarian, and graduate levels. Since 2002, he has regularly taught undergraduates courses in Theology and Philosophy from The Catholic University of America and Loyola University Maryland, as well as guest lecturing for the Australian Catholic University. He also teaches at the Pontifical Beda College, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Accademia Alfonsiana. In the past, he has taught for the University of Dallas and the University of New Haven (CEA).

email: dawson@romestudy.org

Second Semester 2016-2017

Triune God

Pontifical Beda College
An examination of the revelation of God as Trinity, the definition of the dogma, and its implications for faith, thinking, spirituality, and worship. Important thinkers throughout the tradition will be studied.

Faith and Reason

Pontifical Beda College
An exploration of the various issues involved in the understanding of faith and its relationship to reason, using John Paul II's Fides et Ratio as the central reference.
Seven-week course

St. Cyril of Alexandria and the Christology of the Fifth Century

Angelicum
The writings of Cyril of Alexandria aided in the development of the understanding of the person of Jesus. The course will examine his writings and their role in the fifth century controversies.

Agire per il bene: Letture di S. Agostino e altri padri latini

Accademia Alfonsiana
Un corso sulla natura umana nel contesto della grazia nel pensiero di S. Agostino, in referenza alla tradizione latina precedente.

Doctoral Seminar

Angelicum
The seminar introduces doctoral students to the expectations of doctoral work. It includes practice in preparing and presenting an academic essay.