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

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

by Judith Barad
     
 

In this book, Judith Barad offers a fresh treatment of St. Thomas Aquinas' account of faith by emphasizing his distinction between assent and consent. The distinction entails that although intellectual assent is a necessary condition of faith, the consent of the will, issuing in moral activity, is required for faith's completion. Through her analysis of Aquinas'

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In this book, Judith Barad offers a fresh treatment of St. Thomas Aquinas' account of faith by emphasizing his distinction between assent and consent. The distinction entails that although intellectual assent is a necessary condition of faith, the consent of the will, issuing in moral activity, is required for faith's completion. Through her analysis of Aquinas' distinction, Barad maintains not only that the traditional characterization of Aquinas as an intellectualist in matters of faith is false, but that Aquinas can shed light on the difference between religious hypocrisy and devotion.

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«Dr. Barad's closely reasoned analysis of Aquinas' position on faith breaks new ground, clearly identifying moral activity as a requirement for the completion of faith. This work is important for both philosophers and theologians. The distinction between assent and consent has been too long overlooked in studies of Aquinas' discussion of faith. Dr. Barad's work is a must for all modern Thomists.» (Eugene de V. Lockwood, Oakton Community College)
«Barad's book makes an original contribution to an important and difficult problem within Aquinas' theology and philosophy and, more generally, within Christian and theistic philosophy. It raises (and answers) such questions as what is faith? How is faith related to knowledge? How is faith related to moral activity? Which has primacy, the intellect or the will? Barad's answer is to distinguish between assent (which is mainly intellectual and prior) and consent (which is volitional and posterior). She convincingly and clearly grounds this distinction on impressive textual evidence - both on the texts of Aquinas himself (with refernces to Aristotle, Augustine and John Damascene) and of relevant secondary literature. Her book is valuable to scholars, graduate students and libraries.» (Leo Sweeney, S.J. Loyola University, Chicago)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820415963
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 5: Philosophy , #126
Pages:
124

Meet the Author

The Author: Judith Barad received her Ph.D. at Northwestern University, Evanston. Since 1985, she has taught in the Department of Philosophy at Indiana State University. She is the author of numerous articles on Aquinas.

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