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Thomas Aquinas' Psychology of Fear, with Nathan Cartagena, pt. 2

November 08, 2020

Show Notes

This is the continuation and conclusion of the two-part discussion with Dr. Cartagena on Thomas Aquinas’ psychology of fear. We delve a little deeper into fear, perseverance, and courage, as Dr. Cartagena brilliantly ties that all into our current context of resisting oppressive structures, and living during a pandemic. He concludes by giving us a word on Jesus and his emotions: because Jesus experienced the full range of human emotion, including fear and anxiety, it is not sinful for us to be fearful or anxious. In fact, according to Aquinas, being completely fearless doesn’t enable us to love well.

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Twitter: @MeditarMestizo

Blog: Mestizo Meditations

Recommended resource: Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas by Mark D. Jordan

Seminary for the Rest of Us, a tiny podcast where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is produced by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, occasionally sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Support: us on Twitter and Instagram @seminaryshow Email:


Music by Matthew Scott

Special thanks to Mason Mennenga, who mixed the show, and to Charlie, who needs to give all of these development projects a rest and get some sleep.