The Primacy of Love: An Introduction to the Ethics of Thomas Aquinas

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Thomas Aquinas was a man with a strategy — not a strategy to assist us in good decision-making or a strategy to help us resolve our problems of conscience, but a strategy to work toward our personal transformation in light of God's love for us. Aquinas has traditionally been represented as a man whose ethics are overly rational, excessively formal, and too scholarly to be of much use in contemporary society. The Primacy of Love gives us a fresh look at his ethical thought and invites us to become part of his ...

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Overview

Thomas Aquinas was a man with a strategy — not a strategy to assist us in good decision-making or a strategy to help us resolve our problems of conscience, but a strategy to work toward our personal transformation in light of God's love for us. Aquinas has traditionally been represented as a man whose ethics are overly rational, excessively formal, and too scholarly to be of much use in contemporary society. The Primacy of Love gives us a fresh look at his ethical thought and invites us to become part of his vision of the moral life as partners in God's perfect love. Author Paul Wadell gives special attention to the role of the passions, affections, and emotions in our moral life and creates a richly humane and compelling study written in a clear and accessible style. The Primacy of Love is a modern map for our own moral journey that is not so much something to study, but a way of life in which to participate. To follow this journey is to take up an adventure that will involve you from the center of your being and will change you forever.

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Wadell provides a comprehensive and scholarly study of ethics in the teachings of the greatest of medieval Christian theologians. Grounding Christian moral behavior in the universal search for happiness fulfilled through friendship with God, he focuses on Thomas's view of passion, affections, and virtues in moral life and concludes with an inspiring vision of human persons responding to the restorative and redemptive love of God and fulfilled in joy and peace. Highly recommended for seminary and large academic and public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606083697
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Wadell, C.P. is Professor of Religious Studies at St. Norbert College. He is the author of Happiness and the Christian Moral Life: An Introduction to Christian Ethics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Meeting a Man with Designs on Us 7
2 Why We Do Anything At All: A Look At Human Behavior 29
3 Happiness: The One Thing Everybody Wants 44
4 Charity: The Virtue of Friendship with God 63
5 The Passions and Affections in the Moral Life: Exploring the Primacy of Love 79
6 The Passions and Affections in the Moral Life: Finding the Strength to Go On 94
7 The Virtues: Actions That Guide Us to Fullness of Life 106
8 The Virtues: Finding Our Perfection in a Gift 125
9 What to Make of a God of Love? Some Conclusions about Aquinas's Vision of the Moral Life 142
Notes 150
Index 154
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