Christian Wisdom Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Christian Wisdom

Program Introduction

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Christian Wisdom is a 15-credit program grounded in the Aristotelian-Thomistic synthesis of faith and reason based on Catholic metaphysics. The courses are as follows: “Ancient and Medieval Philosophy,” “The One and the Many,” “St. Thomas Aquinas on Being and Nothingness,” “The True, the False, the Lie and the Fake,” and “The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful and the Ugly.” The course plan for the Graduate Certificate in Christian Wisdom may be found here.

Students who complete a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Christian Wisdom or a Master of Arts in Philosophy with a concentration in Christian Wisdom at Holy Apostles College and Seminary may contact the Adler-Aquinas Institute or the Center for the Study of Great Ideas for information concerning their joint Certificate in Christian Wisdom.


Dr. Peter Redpath
Program Director

Dr. Peter A. Redpath is a presently Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas in Chicago, Rector of the Adler-Aquinas Institute (; Chair of the St. John Paul II Thomistic Studies Graduate Philosophy Concentration in Christian Wisdom for Holy Apostles College and Seminary; CEO of the Aquinas School of Leadership (; and a contributing scholar in the Thomistic Studies graduate program at the University Abat Oliba, Barcelona, Spain. Former Full Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University, New York, Redpath has taught philosophy on the college and university level for over forty-four years, plus courses at the Staten Island, Arthur Kill Correctional Facility and New York City’s Riker’s Island. He is author/editor of 12 philosophical books and dozens of articles and book reviews; has given over 200 invited guest lectures nationally and internationally; is president and co-founder of the International Étienne Gilson Society; co-founder and vice president of The Gilson Society, former vice-president of the American Maritain Association, Chairman of the Board of the Universities of Western Civilization and the Angelicum Academy home school program; a member of the Board of Directors of the Great Books Academy home school program; a member of Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Philosophic Research; a member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Catholic Education Foundation; Academician of The Catholic Academy of Sciences in the United States of America; editor of the Brill/Rodopi Gilson Study Special Series; former executive editor of Value Inquiry Book Series (VIBS) for the Dutch publisher Editions Rodopi, B. V.; former editor of the Studies in the History of Western Philosophy special series for Editions Rodopi and former editor of the Editions Rodopi Gilson Studies Special Series; former associate editor, and current advisor of the journal Contemporary Philosophy; a recipient of St. John’s University’s Outstanding Achievement Award; a distinguished alumnus of Xaverian High School; a Fellow of the Priority Thinking Institute; and former Graduate Fellow at the SUNY at Buffalo. He currently resides with his wife, Lorraine, in Cave Creek, Arizona.

One of the books Dr. Redpath has edited and highly endorses is Origin of the Human Species by Dr. Dennis Bonnette. Dr. Bonnette has also written an article on the topic entitled, “The rational credibility of a literal Adam and Eve.” When combined with the article, the book provides a Thomistic interpretation of mainstream evolution theory that is consonant with Catholic teaching, including that regarding our first parents.The article is found in the peer reviewed Spanish philosophical journal, Espiritu.

Robert A. Delfino is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University in New York City. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he specialized in metaphysics, medieval philosophy, and Thomas Aquinas, studying under Professor Jorge J. E. Gracia. His current research interests include metaphysics, ethics, and the relationship between science, philosophy, and religion. He has published articles on Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Husserl, philosophy of science, personal identity, and human rights, in various countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, Poland, and India. He has presented papers at the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, the Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain, and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, in Poland. He is a fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Institute, a member of the Board of Advisors for the International Etienne Gilson Society, and was the editor of Studies in the History of Western Philosophy (SHWP), a special series within the Value Inquiry Book Series (VIBS) from 2002-2015.

Dr. Curtis Hancock, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy, with 35 years full-time experience as a teacher of philosophy. He is Coordinator of the Concentration in the History of Philosophy at Holy Apostles College & Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut. He taught philosophy for 32 years at Rockhurst Jesuit University, Kansas City, Missouri. At Rockhurst he held the Joseph M. Freeman Chair of Philosophy.  He is former President of the American Jacques Maritain Association and is co-founder (with Dr. Peter Redpath) of the Etienne Gilson Society. He has published numerous books, including Recovering A Catholic Philosophy of Elementary Education (2005). In addition to his seven books, he has published over eighty articles and reviews. He has a close association with the Lublin School of Thomism (Lublin, Poland), and is a Senior Fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Institute. For over a decade he taught for “Great Books Discussions,” an on-line homeschooling program.


  • Ph.D, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 1985

(Dissertation: Energeia (Actuality) in the Enneads of Plotinus: A Reaction to Plato and Aristotle)

  • M..A. University of Oklahoma, 1974
  • B.A. University of Oklahoma, 1972



Hancock, Curtis. Recovering a Catholic Philosophy of Elementary Education. Pocono, Pennsylvania: Newman House Press, 2005.

Hancock, Curtis and Brendan Sweetman, Editors. Faith & The Life of the Intellect. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2001.

Hancock, Curtis and Brendan Sweetman. Truth and Religious Belief. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 1998.

Feezell, R. and Curtis Hancock. How Should I Live? Minneapolis, Minnesota: Paragon House, 1991.


Hancock, Curtis. “Peter Redpath’s Philosophy of History.” Studia Gilsoniana 5:1 2016. A Festschrift in Honor of Peter A. Repath.

Hancock, Curtis. “The One and The Many: The Ontology of Science in Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas,” The Review of Metaphysics 69 December, 2015, 233-59.

Hancock, Curtis. “Why Can’t Philosophers and Poets Get Along? Reflections on an Ancient Quarrel.” In A Piercing Light: Beauty, Faith & Human Transcendence. James Jacobs, editor. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2015.

Hancock, Curtis. “The Meaning of Life in the Metaphysics of Plotinus.” In Art and Reality (Sztuka I Realizm), a Festschrift to Henrik Kieres. Lublin, Poland: Catholic University of Lublin, 2014.

Hancock, Curtis and James Stedman, Christina Gagne, and Thomas Spaulding. “Intentionality and the Aristotelian View of Concepts,” Journal of Mind and Behavior, Autumn, 2014, Vol. 35, Issue 4.


Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae: A Guide and Commentary. By Brian Davies, Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2014. In International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 56, Issue 1.

Aristotle as Teacher: His Introduction to a Philosophic Science. By Christopher Bruell, South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine’s Press, 2014. In The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 69, Number 1.

Dr. Timothy L. Smith teaches philosophy for the Holy Apostles Seminary Distance Learning Program. He has taught at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California and received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. His areas of interest include metaphysics, the doctrine of the Trinity, philosophy of mind and philosophy of nature.


  • Ph.D.  University of Notre Dame, 2000
  • M.M.S., University of Notre Dame (IN), 1994
  • M.Div., Southern Theological Seminary (KY), 1991
  • B.A., William Jewell College (MO), 1988

Representative Publications

  • “The Catholic Church in the United States: Some Current Trends,” in Church and State: The 7th German-American Colloquium, Wilbad-Kreuth 2002 (Munich: Hans Seidel, 2003)
  • Thomas Aquinas’ Trinitarian Theology: A Study in Theological Method (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2002)
  •  “Aquinas on Aristotle and Creation: Use or Misuse?” Sapientia 55 (2000), pp. 193-216.
  • Ed., Faith and Reason: The Notre Dame Symposium (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2000)
  • “The Context and Character of Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Appropriations,” The Thomist 63 (1999), pp. 1-35.
  • “The Importance of Order in Theological Discussion,” Sapientia 54 (1999), pp. 227-261