Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments, and the Moral Life
The essays in this volume explore three areas in which St. Thomas Aquinas's voice has never fallen silent: sacred doctrine, the relationship of sacraments and metaphysics, and the central role of virtue in moral theology. For Aquinas, sacramental theology studies how Christ Jesus acts in the Church through created instruments, namely, the sacraments and their ministers. He remains a crucial source of wisdom for such discussions, which have profound pastoral implications. Aquinas also undertakes inquiry into human nature, human flourishing, and life in Christ. The transformation of created human capacities through the grace of the Holy Spirit requires a careful integration of philosophical and theological reflection, for which Aquinas's moral theology has proven pastorally fruitful and spiritually energizing over the centuries.
The authors consider the treatment of these themes in light of, and in tribute to, the wide-ranging work of Aquinas scholar Romanus Cessario, O.P. The essays highlight the importance of St. Thomas Aquinas in contemporary theology and exemplify how to draw upon the resources of the saint for contemporary purposes of appropriation and practice, rather than for strictly historical purposes. Throughout, one sees the importance of St. Thomas Aquinas for theology today.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Reinhard Hütter is professor of theology at Duke University and author most recently of Bound to Be Free: Evangelical Catholic Engagements in Ecclesiology, Ethics, and Ecumenism. Matthew Levering, professor of theology at the University of Dayton, is author of several books, most recently Christ and the Catholic Priesthood and coeditor of Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on the Gospel of John.
In addition to commendations by Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia and Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon, the following scholars contribute essays to the volume: Guy Bedouelle, O.P.; Bernhard Blankenhorn, O.P.; Stephen L. Brock; Lawrence Dewan, O.P.; Reinhard Hütter; Joseph W. Koterski, S.J.; Matthew L. Lamb; Benoît-Dominique de La Soujeole, O.P. ; Matthew Levering; Steven A. Long; Alasdair MacIntyre; Graham J. McAleer; Richard Schenk, O.P.; Craig Steven Titus; Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap.; and Thomas Joseph White, O.P.
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