Athanasius

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).

Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), First Semester, 2016-2017

St. Athanasius of Alexandria and the Christology of the Fourth Century

Athanasius of Alexandria was one of the leading voices in the development of Christology in the fourth century. The course will examine his response to Arianism and look at his thought in comparison with his eastern contemporaries.

Christology

A comprehensive and systematic treatment of the issues related to the person and mission of Jesus. Specific themes: The Mission of the Son in relation to the history of Israel; the development of soteriology in patristic and medieval thought; the controversies and conciliar definitions, and contemporary issues.

Doctoral Seminar

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

Pontifical Beda College, First semester 2016-2017

Grace

An examination of the transformation of the human person in the journey of salvation. The course treats human nature in its integral state, the effect of sin, and the operation of grace, leading to deification and the beatific vision.

Patristic Theology

A study of the themes and methodologies of the writers of the early centuries of Christianity, focusing on select important figures in the development of Christian thought. Representatives from East and West are treated.

Christology

An exploration of the various issues involved in the Church's understanding of Jesus. The development of Christological dogma, perspectives of soteriology, and contemporary issues are covered.

Creation

A look at the issues surrounding the doctrine of creation: the nature and destiny of the material world, the composition fo the human person, the dialogue between science and faith are all treated.