Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth are often taken to be two of the greatest theologians in the Christian tradition. This book undertakes a systematic comparison of them through the lens of five key topics: (1) the being of God, (2) Trinity, (3) Christology, (4) grace and justification, and (5) covenant and law. Under each of these headings, a Catholic portrait of Aquinas is presented in comparison with a Protestant portrait of Barth, with the theological places of convergence and contrast highlighted.
This volume combines a deep commitment to systematic theology with an equally profound commitment to mutual engagement. Understood rightly and well, Aquinas and Barth contribute powerfully to the future of theology and to an ecumenism that takes doctrinal confession seriously while at the same time seeking unity among Christians.
John R. Bowlin
Holly Taylor Coolman
Robert W. Jenson
Keith L. Johnson
Guy Mansini, O.S.B.
Bruce L. McCormack
Richard Schenk, O.P.
Joseph P. Wawrykow
Thomas Joseph White, O.P.
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About the Author
Bruce L. McCormack is Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Thomas Joseph White, OP, is director of the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth - An Unofficial Catholic-Protestant Dialogue Thomas Joseph White, O.P. 1
I The Being of God
Karl Barth on the Being of God Robert W. Jenson 43
Theology, Metaphysics, and Discipleship Richard Schenk, O.P. 52
Can Humility and Obedience Be Trinitarian Realities? Guy Mansini, O.S.B. 71
Processions and Missions: A Point of Convergence between Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth Bruce L. McCormack 99
Natural Revelation in Creation and Covenant Keith L. Johnson 129
The Crucified Lord: Thomistic Reflections on the Communication of Idioms and the Theology of the Cross Thomas Joseph White, O.P. 157
IV Grace and Justification
Aquinas and Barth on Grace Joseph P. Wawrykow 193
Reconciliation in Karl Barth and the New Life of the Justified Sinner in Christ Amy E. Marga 212
V Election, Providence, and. Natural Law
Barth and Aquinas on Election, Relationship, and Requirement John R. Bowlin 237
Divine Action and Human Action in St. Thomas Aquinas: An Analogia Legis Holly Taylor Coolman 262
Epilogue: Musings on the Role Played by Philosophy in Ecumenical Dialogue Bruce L. McCormack 280
Index of Names 301
Index of Subjects 303