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Freedom in Christ (Part 4): True Freedom in the Arts–Beauty and Devotion in Catholic Art

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST

Live Streamed

Catholic Information Center

1501 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States

Co-sponsored with:

Thomisitic Institute

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What does it mean to be truly free? Is it merely a matter of exercising our rights and resisting coercion? Or is it something more? This four-part series aims to illumine the freedom Christ promises in the life of grace, and to discern how this be lived out in today’s world.

Catholics are heirs to the most remarkable heritage of art — painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, music, even film — that the world has ever known. Yet in the modern period faith and art often diverge, as art itself often diverges from beauty. How should we understand faith and art in our current culture?

For guidance, Dr. Thomas Hibbs’ lecture, “True Freedom in the Arts: Beauty and Devotion in Catholic Art,” will look to the thought and artistic images of two Catholic friends, Jacques Maritian, one of the great Thomists of the 20th century, and Georges Rouault, perhaps the finest religious artist of the century.

This event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow the lecture.

About the Speaker

Thomas Hibbs received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in philosophy from UD and both a master’s and a doctorate in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame. He was a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College for three years before moving to Boston College, where he taught for 13 years as full professor and chair of the philosophy department.

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