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To Stir a Restless Heart Thomas Aquinas and Henri de Lubac on Nature, Grace, and the Desire for God

To Stir a Restless Heart Thomas Aquinas and Henri de Lubac on Nature, Grace, and the Desire for God

Author: Jacob W. Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

To Stir a Restless Heart tells for the first time the story of how Thomas Aquinas conversed with his contemporaries about the dynamics of human nature's longing for God, and documents how he deliberately utilized Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin sources to develop a version of Aristotelian natural desire that was uniquely Augustinian: natural desire seeks the complete fulfillment of human nature insofar as is possible, and so comes to rest in the highest end that God offers to it. Depending on whether God offers the free gift of grace to humanity, one and the same natural desire can come to rest in knowing God through creatures or seeing God directly. Tracing the reception of Aquinas in the centuries that follow, Jacob Wood argues that Aquinas's student from among the Augustinian Hermits, Giles of Rome, consciously transformed Aquinas's understanding of human nature. By insisting that every nature has a positive aptitude for one, specific end, Giles tied our natural desire positively and directly to the vision of God, setting up a 700-year challenge among the Augustinian Hermits to explain the integrity of a nature with a supernatural end, as well as the gratuity of the grace which perfects it. Showing how de Lubac's early discovery of that tradition served as a principal source for his natural desire for a supernatural end, To Stir a Restless Heart argues that many recent criticisms of de Lubac's theological anthropology find ready answers among the Augustinian Hermits, but that a renewed understanding of Aquinas's Augustinianism offers a more complete way forward: it preserves Aristotle's commitment to the integrity of human nature, de Lubac's commitment to the transcendence of human perfection, and Augustine's insistence on the priority and gratuity of divine grace in the work of redemption.

On the Motive of the Incarnation

On the Motive of the Incarnation

Author: Discalced Carmelites of Salamanca Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

The Catholic University of America Press is pleased to announce a new series, Early Modern Catholic Sources, edited by Ulrich L. Lehner and Trent Pomplun. This series - the only one of its kind - will provide translations of early modern Catholic texts of theological interest written between 1450 and 1800. The first volume in this series is On the Motive of the Incarnation, the first English translation of the seventeenth-century Discalced Carmelites at the University of Salmanca treatise on the motive of the Incarnation. Originally intended for students of their order, it became a major contribution to broader theological discourse. In this treatise, they defend the assertion that God intended Christ's Incarnation essentially as a remedy for sin, such that if Adam had not sinned Christ would not have become incarnate, and that, at the same time, God intended all other works of nature and grace for the sake of Christ at their end. The Salmanticenses' position thus combines elements of the Franciscan and Dominican traditions, stemming from the thought of Blessed John Duns Scotus and Saint Thomas Aquinas. This treatise is an exhaustive effort to show how the Scotistic emphasis on the primacy of Christ as the first willed and intended by God can be articulated within a Thomistic framework that acknowledges the contingency of the Incarnation on the need for redemption. In addition to the translation, the volume will include a brief introduction and extensive notes for theologians, historians, and students.

Karl Barth: Post-Holocaust Theologian?

Karl Barth: Post-Holocaust Theologian?

Author: Professor George (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA) Hunsinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Karl Barth's attitude toward the Jews, despite some admittedly unfortunate elements, still has much to commend it and the essays in this volume discuss this matter. The contributors examine numerous topics: the extent to which Barth compares favorably with recent post-Holocaust theologies, Barth's position on the Jews during the Third Reich, his critique of the German-Christian Voelkish church on ethical grounds. The discussion tackles Barth dialectical Yes to Israel's christological No , it unpacks his ground-breaking exegesis of Rom. 9-11; as well as examines Barth's rejection of the 1933 Aryan Law that formed the basis for excluding baptized Jews from Christian communities during the Third Reich. The essays also examine Barth's later worries about Nostra Aetate, Vatican II's landmark Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-christian Religions . This is followed by an in-depth explanation how Barth's theology differentiated the question of religious pluralism from church's relationship with Judaism. This inspiring volume concludes by taking up the neglected question of Barth's place in modern European history.

Donald MacKinnon's Theology To Perceive Tragedy Without the Loss of Hope

Donald MacKinnon's Theology To Perceive Tragedy Without the Loss of Hope

Author: Andrew (Trinity College, Cambridge, UK) Bowyer Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Donald MacKinnon (1913-1994) was one of the most influential Anglican theologians in the aftermath of World War Two. His writings reveal him as a restive and unsystematic thinker, yet there is a good case to be made that a series of reoccurring questions - `obsessions' might better honour the memory of MacKinnon's temperament -appear throughout. These relate to the demands of moral realism, the tensions between the philosophical positions of realism and idealism, and the perennially disruptive presence of Christ. Andrew Bowyer outlines McKinnon's contribution and context, as well as characterising his work as a form of therapeutic moral philosophy that combines a call for intense self-awareness together with a commitment to realist notions of moral factuality . Bowyer examines the key influences on McKinnon's thought, his focus on Christology, his engagement with literature and literary criticism, as well as his response to Wittgenstein's later philosophy. This volume offers an appreciation of his contribution and a critique of his legacy.

Love, Divine and Human: Contemporary Essays in Systematic and Philosophical Theology

Love, Divine and Human: Contemporary Essays in Systematic and Philosophical Theology

Author: Oliver D. (Fuller Theological Seminary, USA) Crisp Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2019

This volume offers an array of newly commissioned essays, addressing the topic of love in the Christian tradition. Drawn from a range of expert theologians and philosophers in contemporary analytic and non-analytic theology, these essays join current debates within the theology of love, and aim to propose new avenues for future research. Including the last essay written by Marilyn McCord Adams, Love, Divine and Human deals with a rich variety of issues related to divine and human love. The broad scope of the book includes divine transcendence and its methodological bearing on the doctrine of divine love, the nature and scope of divine love, the interrelation between God's love and wrath, the plausibility of an impassable God of love, and the application of various conceptions of divine love to the problem of divine hiddenness, human ethics, and human free will, among other topics. This unified collection of cutting-edge papers will advance discussion for all those focused on the theology of love.

African Personality and Spirituality The Role of Abosom and Human Essence

African Personality and Spirituality The Role of Abosom and Human Essence

Author: Anthony Ephirim-Donkor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

There is a divine pronouncement among the Akan that all human beings are children of God (Nana Nyame), none a child of the earth (mother); meaning that human beings are spiritual in origin, descending directly from God via the Abosom (gods and goddesses). Every person then has a deity as father ( gya-bosom), recognition of which existentially enables a person to fulfil one's career or professional blueprint (Nkrabea). Intrinsically, therefore, human beings embody the very essence of the Abosom, which manifests itself behaviorally and psychologically in a manner identical to those of the gods and goddesses. African Personality and Spirituality: The Role of Abosom and Human Essence therefore addresses ultimate existential concerns of the Akan, revealing the essence of the primeval gods and goddesses and how they transform themselves into human beings, as well as the psychology of personality characteristic attributes, the phenomenon of spirit alightment, and other manifestations of the gods and goddesses, and the imperative of ethical existence and generativity ( bra bO) as basis of eternal life.

God, Suffering, and Disability A Trinitarian Theodicy of the Cross

God, Suffering, and Disability A Trinitarian Theodicy of the Cross

Author: Mary Schaefer Fast Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

God, Suffering, and Disability: A Trinitarian Theodicy of the Cross utilizes both Christological and pneumatological perspectives of Luther's theology of the cross to address the complexities of suffering and disability. Through the lens of the cross, the God who suffers enables humans to call a thing what it is by recognizing the suffering that often accompanies disability. Rather than asking why the Triune God allows people to suffer, this theodicy of disability focuses on where the Father, Son, and Spirit are in that very human experience. As a new theodic construct, a Trinitarian theodicy of the cross responds to both the theological concerns of the church and the theoretical apprehensions of society. It encourages Christians to live as theologians of the cross, empowers the faith community by informing both its theology and praxis, and provides a theoretical response to secular society that will enrich the field of disability studies.

Student's Guide to the Guide of the Perplexed by Maimonides

Student's Guide to the Guide of the Perplexed by Maimonides

Author: Ben Zion Katz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2019

Creation as Sacrament Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality

Creation as Sacrament Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality

John Chryssavgis explores the sacred dimension of the natural environment, and the significance of creation in the rich theological history and spiritual classics of the Orthodox Church, through the lens of its unique ascetical, liturgical and mystical experience. The global ecological crisis affecting humanity's air, water, and land, as well as the planet's flora and fauna, has resulted in manifest fissures on the image of God in creation. Chryssavgis examines, from an Orthodox Christian perspective, the possibility of restoring that shattered image through the sacramental lenses of cosmic transfiguration, cosmic interconnection, and cosmic reconciliation. The viewpoints of early theologians and contemporary thinkers are extensively explored from a theological and spiritual perspective, including countering those who deny that God's creation is in crisis. Presenting a worldview advanced and championed by the Orthodox Church in the modern world, this book encourages personal and societal transformation in making ethical and economic choices that respect creation as sacrament.

Creation as Sacrament Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality

Creation as Sacrament Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality

John Chryssavgis explores the sacred dimension of the natural environment, and the significance of creation in the rich theological history and spiritual classics of the Orthodox Church, through the lens of its unique ascetical, liturgical and mystical experience. The global ecological crisis affecting humanity's air, water, and land, as well as the planet's flora and fauna, has resulted in manifest fissures on the image of God in creation. Chryssavgis examines, from an Orthodox Christian perspective, the possibility of restoring that shattered image through the sacramental lenses of cosmic transfiguration, cosmic interconnection, and cosmic reconciliation. The viewpoints of early theologians and contemporary thinkers are extensively explored from a theological and spiritual perspective, including countering those who deny that God's creation is in crisis. Presenting a worldview advanced and championed by the Orthodox Church in the modern world, this book encourages personal and societal transformation in making ethical and economic choices that respect creation as sacrament.

Protestant Virtue and Stoic Ethics

Protestant Virtue and Stoic Ethics

Author: Elizabeth Agnew (Duquesne University, USA) Cochran Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

The Stoics are known to have been a decisive influence on early Christian moral thought, but the import of this influence for contemporary Christian ethics has been underexplored. Elizabeth Agnew Cochran argues that attention to the Stoics enriches a Christian understanding of the virtues, illuminating precisely how historical Protestant theology gives rise to a distinctive virtue ethic. Through examining the dialogue between Roman Stoic ethics and the work of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Jonathan Edwards, Cochran illuminates key theological convictions that provide a foundation for a contemporary Protestant virtue ethic, consistent with theological beliefs characteristic of the historical Reformed tradition.

Signs of Continuity The Function of Miracles in Jesus and Paul

Signs of Continuity The Function of Miracles in Jesus and Paul

Author: Greg Rhodea Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/06/2019

For more than a century, scholars have debated whether Paul the apostle was a faithful follower of Jesus or a corruptor of Jesus's message and the true founder of Christianity. Signs of Continuity intervenes in this debate by exploring a largely overlooked element of similarity between the two men: the place of miracles in their ministries. In his close analysis of the miracles performed by Jesus and Paul, Greg Rhodea points to signs of continuity between these two historical figures of Christianity. He argues that both Jesus and Paul understood their miracles as accompanying and actualizing a message of gracious inclusion of the marginalized, resisted proving their ability to work miracles to those who ask for a sign despite the importance of miracle-working to their personal authentication, and interpreted miracles as proof of the presence of the eschatological kingdom. Based on these similarities, Rhodea concludes that Paul the apostle knew of Jesus's miracles and that he imitated Jesus in his own ministry of miracle-working. In highlighting this previously unexplored area of continuity, Rhodea makes a significant contribution to the debate over the relationship between Jesus and Paul. Biblical scholars and students interested in this debate will find Signs of Continuity enlightening and informative.