• Monday 5 February 2024


  • Multi-function Room in the Seminary Campus of University of St. Joseph
  • 聖若瑟大學聖若瑟修院校區多功能室

Cooperation Partner:

  • University of St. Joseph

Video Record:


  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (GMT +8)


  • Free


  • English


  • Cyril J Law, Jr 劉偉傑神父 BA MA STB MCL JCL PhD (London) FRAS Dean, Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy University of Saint Joseph, Macao, China 中國澳門聖若瑟大學

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Prof. Thomas Cai (Ph.D, KU Leuven)

Prof. Thomas Cai (Ph.D, KU Leuven) teaches dogmatic theology at USJ. His doctoral dissertation focuses on natura pura in Robert Bellarmine’s commentary on the Summa. Dr. Cai’s research focuses on the theology of Thomas Aquinas and the Thomistic school in the 16th and 17th centuries.



From Matteo Ricci, the Jesuit missionaries in China insisted on overcoming self in moral cultivation. One example of this endeavour is Diego de Pantoja’s Qike (Seven Victories), which illustrates how one can overcome sins with virtues. When explaining Christian doctrines on the origin of the human race and original sin, de Pantoja took further steps by proposing that one must overcome human nature in order to reach perfection. Giulio Aleni gave the teaching a formula in contrast to the Confucian axiom “to follow our nature is called the Way”: to overcome nature is called the Way. This lecture will study de Pantoja and Aleni’s teaching on overcoming human nature and explore the scholastic and Confucian sources in the formulation of the teaching.