Dr. Steven Long, Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University, has been appointed as an Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. This life-long privilege is bestowed upon a select few theologians and philosophers who have contributed in their thought and writings to the development of the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Angelic Doctor.”
[Above, Dr. Long speaks at a conference at Ave Maria University last year.]
The Academy was established in 1879 by Pope Leo XIII with a mission to research, defend, and spread the doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas, particularly as it relates to contemporary culture, making “St. Thomas a teacher for our time” (John Paul II, Inter Munera Academiarum, n. 4).
As an Ordinary Academician, Dr. Long will cooperate in the works of the Academy, including participating in the international interaction between Thomistic scholars, attending when possible the annual plenary session in Rome, encouraging the dialogue between the sciences, philosophy and theology, and conducting scholarly research that further develops and defends the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas in relation to contemporary culture.
“In this last regard,” Dr. Long comments, “my own recently published essay, ‘Creation ad imaginem Dei: The Obediential Potency of the Human Person to Grace and Glory’ (Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 14, No. 4, 2016) is perhaps a small illustration, as I hope my books and other essays and lectures may be.” Dr. Long has written extensively on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, including many essays and articles, and he has authored, co-authored, or edited five books—most recently, Thomism and Predestination: Principles and Disputations. Dr. Long holds a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toledo. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America, advised by Dr. Russell Hittinger, who is also a member of the Academy. A second Ave Maria University professor, Dr. Michael Waldstein, is also numbered among the members of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Long was recently invited to deliver his paper, “Order of the Universe: The Hierarchy of Being,” at the next plenary session of the Academy in Rome. “It is an honor,” Dr. Long reflects, “to be counted as one among a body of scholars among whom are numbered some of the finest theologians and philosophers in the world, all devoted to a specific mission: ‘to carry out research into, to defend, and to disseminate the doctrine of the Angelic Doctor.’”