Friends of God: Virtues and Gifts in Aquinas

Friends of God: Virtues and Gifts in Aquinas

by Paul J. C.P. Wadell
     
 

Unlike many studies of Thomistic ethics, this book argues that Aquinas' treatise on the virtues cannot be read apart from his description of charity as friendship with God. For Aquinas, all the virtues stand in service of friendship with God and take their meaning from that love. But what makes this book especially original is the author's contention that the

Overview

Unlike many studies of Thomistic ethics, this book argues that Aquinas' treatise on the virtues cannot be read apart from his description of charity as friendship with God. For Aquinas, all the virtues stand in service of friendship with God and take their meaning from that love. But what makes this book especially original is the author's contention that the primacy of charity also discloses a relationship between the virtues and the passions, as well as the virtues and the Gifts of the Spirit, that is seldom noted in studies of Aquinas' ethics. Centering on charity as friendship with God, Friends of God: Virtues and Gifts in Aquinas, is a fresh and insightful study of Aquinas' unique vision of the moral life.

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From the Publisher
«Wadell's book is a much needed account of the interrelationship between the virtues and the gifts as central for Aquinas' display of the Christian life. From numerous sources it is apparent that there is a new appreciation of the importance of Aquinas for thinking about the nature of the Christian moral life. Wadell's book is destined to be one of the essential contributions to recovery of not only Aquinas' thought, but for our understanding of how we should live as Christians.» (Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820413211
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1991
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 7: Theology and Religion , #76
Pages:
150

Meet the Author

The Author: Paul J. Wadell, C.P. is associate professor of Ethics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is the author of Friendship and the Moral Life, and has also published several articles in Christian ethics and spirituality. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. from Catholic Theological Union.

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