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Notes on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on grace

Obviously, this is not a full endorsement. Can we know God without grace? The act of the intellect depends upon God in two ways: it has its form by which it acts from God Preparing the human will The preparation … Continue reading

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Outline Thomas Aquinas Treatise on Law

Question 90: Of the essence of law law is a rule and measure of acts The principal and object in practical matters is the last end, beatitude. Question 91: Of the various kinds of law There is an eternal law. … Continue reading

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McCormack on Thomas on Justification

From Bruce McCormack’s essay “What’s at Stake in the Current Debate?” I do not intend this as a “refutation” of Thomas, nor is this McCormack’s larger goal in his essay.  Thomas is simply too powerful a thinker to be refuted … Continue reading

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Prima Facie reservations on Thomism

Reasons why I won’t commit to Thomism.  And why a “Reformed Thomism” is an uneasy alliance. Does Thomas hold to Aristotle’s view that two contrary principles can’t coexist?  Would this rule out the Incarnation? Thomas’s view of habitus is incompatible with the … Continue reading

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Christ in the Summa Theologiae

Notes from Fergus Kerr’s After Aquinas: Versions of Thomism (Wiley/Blackwell) ST recast traditional works about vice and virtue in terms of the human being’s progress toward beatitude (Kerr 163). Prima pars: mystery of the Godhead Secunda pars:   enjoyment of divine beatitude … Continue reading

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Aquinas on sin

This is an outline of the latter half of ST I-II on Sin.  It should also be a warning to the Reformed Thomists that want to accept Thomism uncritically.  Thomas’s views on sin demand Purgatory.  Good luck. Part 1 of … Continue reading

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But I’m not a Thomist

I’ll try to make clear where I stand on Aquinas and Thomism.  I consider myself in “general conversation” with the Thomist tradition.  I find Thomas remarkably clear on the doctrine of God, quite profound on Christology, and very tantalizing in … Continue reading

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