Thomism and Predestination

Thomism and Predestination

by Steven A. Long


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Thomism and Predestination by Steven A. Long

There is perhaps no aspect of traditional Thomistic thought so contested in modern Catholic theology as the notion of predestination as presented by the classical Thomist school. What is that doctrine, and why is it so controversial? Has it been rightly understood in the context of modern debates? At the same time, the Church's traditional affirmation of a mystery of predestination is largely ignored in modern Catholic theology more generally. Why is this the case? Can a theology that emphasizes the Augustinian notion of the primacy of salvation by grace alone also forego a theology of predestination?

Thomism and Predestination: Principles and Disputations considers these topics from various angles: the principles of the classical Thomistic treatment of predestination, their contested interpretation among modern theologians, examples of the doctrine as illustrated by the spiritual writings of the saints, and the challenges to Catholic theology that the Thomistic tradition continues to pose. This volume initiates readers—especially future theologians and Catholic intellectuals—to a central theme of theology that is speculatively challenging and deeply interconnected to many other elements of the faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932589795
Publisher: Catholic University of America Press
Publication date: 11/25/2016
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Steven A. Long is a professor of theology at Ave Maria University. Roger W. Nutt is an associate professor of theology at Ave Maria University. Thomas Joseph White, OP is the director of the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction Steven A. Lang 1

1 Contemporary Thomism through the Prism of the Theology of Predestination Serge-Thomas Bonino Stefan Jetchick Barry David Steven A. Long 29

2 St. Thomas Aquinas, Divine Causality, and the Mystery of Predestination Steven A. Long 51

3 From Eternal Sonship to Adoptive Filiation: St. Thomas on the Predestination of Christ Roger W. Nutt 77

4 Catholic Predestination: The Omnipotence and Innocence of Divine Love Thomas Joseph White, OP 94

5 Predestination as the Communication of Divine Goodness in Aquinas's Commentary on Ephesians Michael Dauphinais 127

6 Praemotio Physica and Divine Transcendence Joseph G. Trabbic 152

7 God's Movement of the Soul through Operative and Cooperative Grace Lawrence Feingold 166

8 How Sin Escapes Premotion: The Development of Thomas Aquinas's Thought by Spanish Thomists Thomas M. Osborne Jr. 192

9 The Mystery of Divine Predestination: Its Intelligibility According to Lonergan Matthew Lamb 214

10 Ave Maria! The Grace of Predestination Romanus Cessario, OP 226

11 Balthasar and Other Thomists on Earth's Understanding of Predestination Michael Maria Waldstein 239

12 The Thomism of St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises: Predestination, Physical Premotion, and the Sovereignty of Grace Christopher M. Cullen, SJ 260

13 Thomas Aquinas's De Praedestinatione as Confessio Barry David 281

List of Contributors 327

Index 331

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