Friday, February 04, 2011

'Quæstiones Disputatæ' now an Easy-to-Use Message Board (in Google Groups)

(Visit or subscribe to the group here.).

Think like a Scholastic Thomist!  Did you like the post Quæstio Disputata on the Soul (link)?  Want to learn how to write and dispute according to the scholastic method?  Well, you're in the right place!  Ite ad Thomam has redesigned its forum, now called Quæstiones disputatæ ('Disputed Questions', after the works of St. Thomas Aquinas), as an easy-to-use message board in Google Groups.  It is an exclusive forum that aims to train aspiring and professional Thomists (students, professors, seminarians, priests, religious, etc.) to dispute using the scholastic method, as well as provide for traditional Catholics a forum to discuss issues pertaining to traditional Catholic thought.   Quæstiones Disputatæ also offers to its members academic advising (e.g., to what schools one should apply, how to construct a curriculum vitae, what to read, etc.) as well as occasional free downloads of books from Ite ad Thomam Out-of-Print Library (ITOPL).

The Method.  The scholastic method we use is simple and requires no previous knowledge of the scholastic method.  You can learn to use it by reading our post on the rules or simply by imitating others.

How to Join  Quæstiones DisputatæPeople who are interested in joining  Quæstiones Disputatæ are asked to:

(1) Visit the group page
(2) Send in your name, philosophical/theological education, occupation, and reason you want to join.*

The aspiring forum member will then be granted membership in the forum within the next 24-48 hours (during working hours, it usually takes a matter of minutes).

*Note: The $20 yearly gift is now optional.

Quæstiones Disputatæ and More!!!  Quaestiones Disputatae is also an excellent opportunity for both aspiring and professional Thomists (students, professors, seminarians, priests, religious, etc.) to meet other traditional Catholics and scholastic Thomists on the web, discuss controversial issues with like-minded peers, get personal feedback on their thoughts, establish connections, and build friendships, get advice, announce and organize activities, etc. More importantly, it is a solid medium for making a positive contribution towards the restoration of Scholastic Thomism. Eventually, the hope that we create a worldwide network of traditional Catholics with a common interest in the restoration of Scholastic Thomism.

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