Discovering Aquinas: An Introduction to His Life, Work and Influence

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Thomas Aquinas is one of the great figures of church history, and his ideas continue to have a powerful effect on theologians and contemporary writers from very different backgrounds and traditions. In Discovering Aquinas Aidan Nichols offers a lively and authoritative introduction to the life, thought, and ongoing influence of this singular churchman. This book could not have come at a better time. After a lengthy period of declining interest in Aquinas, we are starting to see a Thomistic renaissance, including ...
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Overview

Thomas Aquinas is one of the great figures of church history, and his ideas continue to have a powerful effect on theologians and contemporary writers from very different backgrounds and traditions. In Discovering Aquinas Aidan Nichols offers a lively and authoritative introduction to the life, thought, and ongoing influence of this singular churchman. This book could not have come at a better time. After a lengthy period of declining interest in Aquinas, we are starting to see a Thomistic renaissance, including a renewed appreciation for the way Aquinas's work so brilliantly weaves together philosophy, theology, spirituality, revelation, and ethics. As Nichols writes, "It is because of the wonderfully integrated character of the wisdom of Thomas Aquinas -- integrted not only as supernatural with natural but also as thinking with love -- that the church in our day should not leave him as a fresco on a wall but find inspiration from his teaching and example." By means of writing as felicitous as it is insightful, Nichols chronicles the compelling facts of Aquinas's life, explores the major facets of his thought, establishes Aquinas's historical importance, and shows why many today are regarding him as a vital partner in current debates about the future of Christianity.
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The prior of Blackfriars Abbey in Cambridge, England, and a prolific author on theological subjects, Nichols (Beyond the Blue Glass: Catholic Essays on Faith and Culture) here organizes Thomas Aquinas's dense and at times opaque thought, as expressed in his monumental and daunting Summa Theologiae, in new ways that will be most helpful to the contemporary reader. Nichols treats Aquinas's doctrines, including his teachings on revelation, creation, the Trinity, angels, grace, and the sacraments, with great clarity and persuasiveness. His feeling for the biographical and historical elements-Aquinas's place in his own time and thereafter-is not profound, and students of the period should look elsewhere to set Aquinas (1225-74) in his era. But Nichols provides perhaps the clearest exposition of Aquinas's thought available to the beginning Thomist. Highly recommended. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802805140
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part 1 The Man
1. Thomas in his Time 3
Part 2 The Doctrine
2. Revelation 21
3. God and Creation 37
4. The Trinity 60
5. The Trinity in Man 74
6. Angelology 82
7. Grace and the Virtues 91
8. Christ, Church, Sacraments 110
Part 3 The Aftermath
9. Thomas in History 129
Part 4 The Tools
10. Thomas and the Practice of Philosophy 147
11. Thomas and the Idea of Theology 167
Conclusion 181
Bibliography 185
Notes 195
Index of Names 212
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