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Jen Sanders

Adjunct Professor
Degree
Ph.D. Boston College
Office
JRC 147
Phone
651-962-5484
Mail
Mail #JRC 109, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105

Dissertation: The Trinitarian Telosof the Summa theologiae: Thomas’s Application of the Aristotelian Ordo Disciplinaeto Sacra Doctrinain light of his Augustinian Heritage

Jen Sanders is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas. She began teaching at St. Thomas in 2018. Dr. Sanders completed her doctorate in Systematic Theology, with a minor in Hindu-Christian Comparative Theology, at Boston College in 2017. Her areas of expertise are Thomas Aquinas and Bernard Lonergan on theological method and the Trinity. Dr. Sanders’ most recent scholarship involves continuing the work of Frederick Lawrence on transposing the psychological analogy for the Trinity into the hermeneutically and existentially rich realm of “conversation.” Specifically, she explores how the entrance of the divine conversation into the human conversation functions to redeem deteriorating human conversations, and the role conversation in human and historical becoming. She is especially interested in the relationship between conversation and nonviolence, as well as the relationship between systematic theology and the communication of the Christian message (as modeled by Thomas Aquinas, the Dominican preacher and teacher). Her research interests in Hindu-Christian theology involve exploring how Advaita Vedanta may illuminate Christological questions. Dr. Sanders has presented on Aquinas, Lonergan, Hindu-Christian comparative theology, environmentalism, and nonviolence at conferences such as the Catholic Theological Society of America, the College Theology Society, the Lonergan Workshop, the Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Conference, the Annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Lonergan on the Edge, and Christ the King Seminary Conference for Collaborative Philosophy, Theology, and Ministry. 

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
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THEO 223 - 03 Belief: Thomas Aquinas - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 204

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1330 - 1510

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MHC 204

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46889 (View in ClassFinder)

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Instructor:

Jennifer M. Sanders

Theology courses numbered 221-229 are reserved for students on the new core curriculum. If this section of the class appears to have very few seats, it is because the rest of the seats in the classroom will be occupied by students on the “old core.” This section examines Thomas Aquinas's theological contributions to the Catholic understanding of who God is and how God is related to the universe of human existence. With Aquinas, some of the questions we raise may include: What do we mean when we say "God"? How can human beings know God? Why is there evil and suffering in our universe? Why did God become human and die on a cross? Special attention will be given to Aquinas's life as a Dominican preacher and teacher in the Middle Ages, as well as select contemporary retrievals of Aquinas's systematic theology for responding to the problems and needs of today.

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THEO 320 - 01 Readings: Thomas Aquinas - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 204

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- T - R - - -

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1330 - 1510

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MHC 204

Course Registration Number:

46916 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Jennifer M. Sanders

An introduction to the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, his influence and his contemporary significance. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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J-Term 2021 Courses

J-Term 2021 Courses
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