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Thomas Aquinas College Reveals New Slogan

Thomas Aquinas CollegeThomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., recently announced the unveiling of a new slogan that promotes its distinctive offerings as a faithful, Catholic, Great Books college.

The slogan "Truth Matters" was derived from the college's founding document, A Proposal for the Fulfillment of Catholic Liberal Education, which reads, "Truth will be the chief object of study as well as the governing principle of the whole institution."

"Truth Matters" will be used on Thomas Aquinas' website, promotional materials, and in print and online advertising for the college.

Thomas Aquinas president Dr. Michael McLean said in the college's press release: "We wanted a concise statement that conveys what makes Thomas Aquinas College unique among American institutions of higher learning, something that reflects both our fidelity to the teaching Church and our commitment to academic excellence through our program of Catholic liberal education."

The college reports:

In an age characterized by what Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has described as the “dictatorship of relativism,” Thomas Aquinas College stands firm in the conviction that the human mind can come to the truth about reality—about nature, man, and the God who made them. What is more, the college stands firm in the conviction that truth matters. “The truth shall set you free,” Our Lord promises, delivering us from the temporal prisons of sin and error (Jn. 8:32).

Not only does the truth perfect us as human beings made in the image and likeness of God, but it enables us to provide a defense in the public square for the things we hold most dear. For this reason the Thomas Aquinas College curriculum guides students in the pursuit of truth via many different paths: the order of mathematics, the wonder of natural science, the beauty of poetry and literature. All of these, however, are ordered to the two highest disciplines: philosophy, the love of wisdom, in which reason grapples with the eternal questions; and theology, the knowledge of God, in which faith unites with reason to show us Truth Himself.

Indeed, as Our Lord tells us, He is the “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn. 14:16). That is, truth is not merely an abstraction to be studied, but a Person to be known, loved, and served. “Finally, the most important conversations on campus take place not in our classrooms, but in our chapel,” says Dr. McLean. “The truths we derive from reading the words of the great authors are but a foretaste of the truth to be found in communion with the Word made flesh.” While the college is first an academic institution, the whole of its academic program is directed toward fostering this relationship for each individual student.

Thomas Aquinas College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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