Consent: The Means to an Active Faith According to St. Thomas Aquinas

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Introduction 1
Ch. I Aquinas' Distinction Between Assent and Consent 9
A The Place of Consent in the Human Act 9
B The Etymology and Imagery of 'Consent' and 'Assent' 13
Ch. II The Nature and Activity of the Will 21
A The Will as Appetite 21
B The Object of the Will 23
C Particular Goods: The Domain of Freedom 26
D Different Degrees of Willing 29
Ch. III The Meaning of Faith and Its Place in Cognition 35
A The Historical Controversy: Is Faith an Intellectual or Voluntary Act? 35
B The Epistemological Structure of Faith 39
Ch. IV The Content of Faith 47
A The Object of Faith 47
B The Relationship of the Object of Faith to Propositions 50
C Natural Reason and the "Stuff of Religion" 54
Ch. V Challenges to Aquinas' Account of Faith 61
A The Mutual Exclusivity of Faith and Reason 61
B The Challenge of Falsification 63
C Intrinsic and Extrinsic Evidence 66
Ch. VI Assent and Consent in Faith 73
A The Intellect's Role in Faith 73
B The Relationship Between Assent and Consent 78
C The Will and Intellect Compared: Which is Superior? 82
Ch. VII Action as an Indication of One's Degree of Faith 87
A The Behavioral Implications of Assent and Consent 87
B Different Degrees of Faith 91
C Charity: Consent's Theological Counterpart 95
D Conclusion 101
Notes 107
Bibliography 121
Index 125
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