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Course Description: Through an original translation of
Dante’s Divine Comedy as a narrativization of the works of St. Thomas
Aquinas, this course articulates the relationship between faith and reason
being like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of
|Florentinischer Meister ca. 1530, Public Domain
Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, is a Lay Dominican of the Chapter
of the Holy Rosary in the Province of St. Albert. Dr. Mahfood holds a master’s
in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master’s
in philosophy from Holy Apostles College & Seminary, a master’s in theology
from Holy Apostles College & Seminary, a master’s in educational technology
from Webster University and a doctorate in postcolonial literature and theory
from Saint Louis University. Among his publications include his
book Radical Eschatologies: Embracing the Eschaton in the Works of Ngugi
wa Thiong’o, Nuruddin Farah, and Ayi Kwei Armah, his book The Narrative
Spirituality of Dante’s Divine Comedy, his book Among the Marvelous
Things: The Media of Social Communications and the Next Generation of Pastoral
Ministers, two books co-authored with Dr. Ronda Chervin entitled Catholic
Realism: a Framework for the Refutation of Atheism and the Evangelization of
Atheists and Why Be An Atheist If???, a book co-edited with Bishop Richard
Henning entitled Missionary Priests in the Homeland: Our Call to Receive,
and a book co-edited with Dr. Timothy Westbrook and Dr. Victoria Dunnam
entitled Teaching and Learning in the Age of COVID19: Faith-Based, Online
and Emergency Remote. Dr. Mahfood lives in St. Louis with his wife, Dr.
Stephanie Mahfood, and children, Alexander and Eva Ruth.
Daniel Fitzpatrick is the author of the novel Only the
Lover Sings. His new verse translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy,
illustrated by sculptor Timothy Schmalz, was produced in honor of the 700th
anniversary of Dante’s death. Daniel’s poems and essays have been widely
published. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and an MA
in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is completing an
MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin, and he has begun an MA in
St. John Paul II Studies at the University of St. Thomas. He lives in Tampa,
Florida, with his wife and five children, and he teaches English and Theology
at Jesuit High School.
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