New Blackfriars

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    Introduction.Brian Davies - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):611-612.
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    Aquinas on The Distinction Between Esse and Esse: How the Name ‘Esse’ Can Signify Essence.Gregory T. Doolan - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):628-650.
    In a number of texts throughout his career, Thomas Aquinas identifies different senses of the term ‘esse’. Most notably, he notes that according to one sense, the term signifies the act of existence (actus essendi), which he famously holds is really distinct from essence in all beings other than God. Perhaps surprisingly, he also notes on a number of occasions that according to another sense, the term ‘esse’ can signify that very principle that he says is distinct from the act (...)
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    Aquinas on the Nature of Lying.Jeffrey E. Brower - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):613-627.
    Aquinas's views about the morality of lying are well known and often discussed by commentators. But his views about the nature of lying have yet to receive the attention they deserve. In this article, I take some of the first steps necessary to correct this state of affairs by clarifying and offering a limited defense of the account of lying that Aquinas presents in in his Summa Theologiae—more specifically, in that portion of it known as the treatise on truth (Part (...)
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    Aquinas on the Fixity of the Will After Death.Edward Feser - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):651-667.
    Aquinas holds that after death, the human soul can no longer change its basic orientation either toward God or away from him. He takes this to be knowable not only from divine revelation but by purely philosophical reasoning. The heart of his position is that the basic orientation of an angelic will is fixed immediately after its creation, and that the human soul after death is relevantly like an angel. This article expounds and defends Aquinas's position, paying special attention to (...)
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    Aquinas and Anscombe on Connaturality and Moral Knowledge1.John Haldane - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):668-688.
    The idea of ‘connatural knowledge’ is attributed to Aquinas on the basis of passages in which he distinguishes between scientific and affective experiential knowledge of religious and moral truths. In a series of encyclicals beginning with Leo XIII's Aeterni Patris, popes have celebrated and commended Aquinas as the supreme guide in philosophy and theology and in some of these cited his discovery of connatural knowledge. The course and context of his ‘elevation’ are explored before proceeding to a discussion of moral (...)
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    The Cross at the Center of the Mystical Body.Matthew Levering - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):689-714.
    This essay argues the image of the ‘Mystical Body’ or ‘Body of Christ’ is fully intelligible only in light of the Cross. The Body of Christ is a cruciform Body. As the Body of Christ crucified and risen, it is presently being configured to Christ in the world through self-sacrificial love. The essay traces the place of the Cross in some representative twentieth-century Catholic theologies of the Mystical Body, in light of the perspective of Thomas Aquinas. I first survey four (...)
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    Thomas Aquinas and The Interlinking of Sanctity and Doctrine, From One Centenary to Another.Marc Millais - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):715-725.
    From 1923 to the present day, various studies have increasingly analysed the beginnings of the cult of Thomas Aquinas, as well as the authenticity of his works. Over the last century, the reception of Thomas Aquinas between these two poles of sanctity and the authority accorded to his works has shown itself to be a significant pairing, of which this article unpacks some important stages.
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    Aquinas on Wisdom.Paul O'Grady - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):726-750.
    The topic of wisdom attracted much less attention in modern thought than in ancient and medieval times. However, there has been a renewal of interest in it in recent psychology and philosophy, and a variety of questions has emerged from this current work. Aquinas has a detailed and elaborate account of the wisdom which pervades his oeuvre. This paper explores that and seeks to answer some of these contemporary questions from Aquinas's perspective.
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    Aquinas's Fourth Way, Beauty, and Virtues.Roger Pouivet - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):751-764.
    Many questions have been raised concerning the logical validity of Aquinas's Fourth Way. Some commentators judge the Fourth Way to be problematic while others find it delightful. In this paper, the Fourth Way is understood as a reflection on what it is to attribute to things around us scalar predicates. Does the Fourth Way not resemble what Wittgenstein observes when speaking about ‘the standard meter’? If so, is the Fourth Way significantly different from what might be called a ‘mystical’ line (...)
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    Thomas Aquinas, Saint for Our Times?Michael S. Sherwin - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):765-779.
    Why celebrate Thomas Aquinas? Three eras that celebrated Aquinas in unique ways—the Fourteenth century that canonized him, the Sixteenth century that declared him a doctor of the Church, and the nineteenth century that made him patron of the schools—all struggled with the corrosive effects of nominalism and voluntarism on Western culture. With the help of G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, this essay suggests that these eras were drawn to Aquinas because his theology offers an antidote against these twin (...)
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    Aquinas On Being, Goodness, And Divine Simplicity.Eleonore Stump - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):780-795.
    Aquinas's virtue-based ethics is grounded in his metaphysics, and in particular in one part of his doctrine of the transcendentals, namely, the relation of being and goodness. This metaphysics supplies for his normative ethics the sort of metaethical foundation that some contemporary virtue-centered ethics have been criticized for lacking, and it grounds an ethical naturalism of considerable philosophical sophistication. In addition, this grounding has a theological implication even more fundamental than its applications to ethics. That is because Aquinas takes God (...)
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    Providence, Divine Causality, and the Gratuitousness of Love: A Thomist Perspective.Rik Van Nieuwenhove - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1114):796-817.
    Broadly drawing on the writings of Thomas Aquinas, this article is a systematic-theological (rather than historical-theological) engagement with the theme of providence and divine causality. It aims to dispel some modern misunderstandings of these topics by highlighting how pre-modern approaches differ from today's perspective. It does so by arguing, firstly, that Thomas, given his teleological focus, construes divine causality not so much as efficient causality but rather in terms of final causality. I will also make the point that Thomas's calling (...)
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    THE BIBLE AND BAPTISM: THE FOUNTAIN OF SALVATION by Isaac Augustine Morales, OP, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, pp. xxv + 230, $22.99, pbk. [REVIEW]Bruno J. Clifton - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):588-590.
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    Pope Francis’ Vision for a Synodal Church.Eamonn Conway - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):511-525.
    Abstract‘Synod’ and ‘synodality’ have become synonymous with Pope Francis. Since Pope Paul VI instituted the Synod of Bishops as a permanent office in 1965, there hasn't been any pontificate that has given these matters as much profile and attention as his has. Why is this the case, and what is Pope Francis’ vision for a synodal Church? More fundamentally, what is synodality, according to tradition of the Church, and Pope Francis? Several years into both local and global synodal-type processes and (...)
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    Introduction.Brian Davies - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):507-510.
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    THE OTHER SUN: A SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Olivier Clément, translated and annotated with an introduction by Michael Donley, Gracewing, Leominster, 2021, pp. xx + 200, £15.99, pbk. [REVIEW]Hyacinthe Destivelle - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):593-595.
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    NEOLIBERAL RELIGION: FAITH AND POWER IN THE TWENTY‐FIRST CENTURY by Mathew Guest, Bloomsbury, London, 2022, pp. x + 203, £21.99 pbk. [REVIEW]Kieran Flanagan - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):596-599.
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    ON DIVINE REVELATION: THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH I by Fr. Réginald Garrigou‐Lagrange OP, translated by Matthew K. Minerd with introduction by Cajetan Cuddy, OP, Emmaus Academic, Steubenville (Ohio), 2022, vol. I, pp. 856, $59.95, hbkON DIVINE REVELATION: THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH II by Fr. Réginald Garrigou‐Lagrange OP, translated by Matthew K. Minerd, Emmaus Academic, Steubenville (Ohio), 2022, vol. II, pp. 656, $59.95 hbk. [REVIEW]Efrem Jindráček - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):599-602.
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    A Listening Church on the Synodal Pathway: Discernment and Decision‐Making in Communion.Mary McCaughey - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):526-548.
    Pope Francis's has described his vision for a synodal Church, not simply as a once off programme of renewal, but as God's desire for the Church of the third millennium. As such, it aims to concretise the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council, making the Church today more manifestly one of communion, participation, and mission. It differs from previous synods and Councils in history in that it more directly invites and involves all the baptised in a direct process of listening (...)
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    The Ecclesiological and Missiological Perspectives of Synodality.Jan Nowotnik - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):549-559.
    The aim of this paper is to appreciate more deeply the ecclesiological and missiological perspectives of synodality and thus to suggest that synodality is not something new or created as the whim of Pope Francis but that it is rooted in the Church's ecclesiology from its earliest times and as such finds an expression in the Church's life and mission. In this paper I will demonstrate that the Church has always been a synodal Church and what we are witnessing now (...)
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    Reflections on the Emerging Theology of Synodality.Jacob Phillips - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):560-572.
    This paper works from the ITC document, Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church (2018), to outline four essential components of an emergent theology of synodality: the claim that synodality is constitutive of the Church, an ecclesiology of communion, the ecclesial title People of God, and the sensus fidei. The paper then critically assesses the interplay of these four elements in the ITC document, along with the Vademecum and the Preparatory Document which were disseminated with the beginning of (...)
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    Discerning Parish Faith Through Testimony: Insights From Charismatic Renewal.Jordan Pullicino - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):573-587.
    The synodal way invites the Church to understand itself as the People of God journeying together in faith. Giving testimony is proposed here as a way of reflecting upon that journey. The Charismatic practice of giving testimony is examined as a form of reflexive faith experience. Examined in terms of witness, desire and story, the faith experience of the individual is explored for its communal, ecclesial context, and the theological contribution it makes. The discernment that links personal, spiritual experience to (...)
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    THE DISCOVERY OF BEING & THOMAS AQUINAS: PHILOSOPHICAL AND THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES edited by Christopher M. Cullen, S.J. and Franklin T. Harkins, The Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D.C., 2019, pp. vi + 311, £79.95, hbk. [REVIEW]Dominic Ryan - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):590-593.
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    SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR A SECULAR AGE: DESMOND AND THE QUEST FOR GOD by Ryan G. Duns SJ, University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2020, pp. xxvi + 357, $70.00, hbk. [REVIEW]Anthony J. Scordino - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):602-605.
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    ALASDAIR MacINTYRE: AN INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY by Émile Perreau‐Saussine, translated by Nathan J. Pinkoski, University of Notre Dame Press, 2022, pp. 228, $40.00, hbk. [REVIEW]Ryan Service - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1113):605-608.
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    Newman and the Religion of the Future.O. P. Anthony Fisher - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):397-413.
    Although underappreciated in his own day, Catholic convert John Henry Newman was remarkably prophetic about the challenges that lay ahead for the Catholic faith. In his 1873 sermon titled, ‘The Infidelity of the Future’, Newman warned of a time when the Church would face not only the cold indifference of agnosticism but also the targeted hostility of those opposed to both God and religion. Yet Newman was not without hope or wisdom for the future Church. This essay examines Newman's insistence (...)
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    CHRISTOPHER DAWSON: A CULTURAL MIND IN THE AGE OF THE GREAT WAR by Joseph T. Stuart, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 2022, pp. xv + 454, £ 31.50, pbk. [REVIEW]Fernando Cervantes - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):489-492.
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    Spiritual experience: its scope, its phenomenology, and its source.John Cottingham - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):414-427.
    This paper looks first at the scope of religious experience, offering some representative examples of phenomena that typically give rise to spiritual experiences. This leads on a consideration of the phenomenology of such experiences – the particular way in which they present themselves to the conscious subject. Lastly, the paper tackles the vexed question of the source of such experiences, and suggests that this is best understood in terms of a (certain kind of) theistic framework.
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    THE UNSUSTAINABLE TRUTH by David Ko and Richard Busellato, Panoma Press, St Alban's, Herts, 2021, pp. 270, £18.99, pbk. [REVIEW]Margaret Atkins Crsa - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):501-503.
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    WISDOM IN CHRISTIAN TRADITION: THE PATRISTIC ROOTS OF MODERN RUSSIAN SOPHIOLOGY by Marcus Plested, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2022, pp.288, £75.00, hbk. [REVIEW]O. P. Dominic White - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):487-489.
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    Determining the Good and Human Culpability: Catholic Catechesis on Overcoming the Anxiety of Sin.Daniel J. Goodey - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):462-484.
    This article focuses on the implications of modernity for human culpability and moral responsibility. Although the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is most often approached theologically and pastorally, this article is intended as an answer to Pope Benedict XVI's call to explore catechesis through new lenses by adopting a psychological therapeutic approach. As such, this article will examine how the rejection of religious ascription to God for defining and determining the good and re-ascribing it to humanity leads to a rupture (...)
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    Being as Communion in Aquinas's Trinitarian Theology.Michael Joseph Higgins - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):428-447.
    A number of thinkers in recent decades have argued that, in light of the Trinity, we can see that God's being is communion. Particularly effective was John D. Zizioulas, whose Trinitarian ontology centered on communion. Some skeptical of this claim have invoked Aquinas as a source for countering an ontology of communion. I argue that, while Thomas never explicitly affirms that the divine being is communion, he can give us deep resources for reaching this conclusion. Indeed, he can ultimately lead (...)
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    GOD, THE GOOD, AND THE SPIRITUAL TURN IN EPISTEMOLOGY by Roberto Di Ceglie, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2022, pp. 350, £75.00, hbk. [REVIEW]Jennifer Jensen - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):492-495.
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    UNSPEAKABLE CULTS: AN ESSAY IN CHRISTOLOGY by Paul J. DeHart, Baylor University Press, Waco, 2021, pp. x + 261, £47.63, hbk. [REVIEW]O. P. Oliver James Keenan - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):495-498.
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    THE GOSPEL OF JOHN : A THEOLOGICAL COMMENTARY by David F. Ford, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, 2021, pp. xii+484, $52.99, hbk. [REVIEW]Richard J. Ounsworth - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):485-487.
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    Yesterday's Daily Bread: Petitionary Prayer for Past Events.Gonzalo Luis Recio - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):448-461.
    The paper's subject is whether one is justified to pray for an event that has already happened from the point of view of the individual who is praying. About this, there are several possibilities, all of which I will consider: a) the past event is not known to the one who prays, b) it is known by them to have happened in a way which is not the desired one by the one praying and c), it is known to have (...)
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    THE SPIRIT OF CATHOLICISM by Vivian Boland OP, Bloomsbury Continuum, London, 2021, pp. 272, £16.99, hbk. [REVIEW]Anthony Towey - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):498-501.
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    Comment: Artificial Intelligence.Robert Verrill - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1112):395-396.
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    Pleading Nolo Contendere? Aquinas vs. Bonaventure on Poetry.Jose Isidro Belleza - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):352-372.
    While the story of Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure of Bagnoregio engaging in a friendly contest, at the behest of Pope Urban IV, to compose the Mass and Office of Corpus Christi is likely a pious fiction, one can still ponder the fascinating hypothetical scenario: had such a contest taken place, who might have won? To consider that question, this paper embarks on a close reading of Bonaventure's hymns in his Office of the Passion, comparing his poetic approaches to those of (...)
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    Comment: Negative Theology.Brian Davies - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):259-260.
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    Did Jacob Lie? Were His Words Inspired? Examining Genesis 27 in Light of Augustine, Aquinas, and Lombardo.O. P. Desmond A. Conway - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):294-305.
    In Genesis 27 Jacob is depicted as lying to Isaac. Jacob, however, was held in Christian tradition to be both a moral exemplar and to be speaking prophetically in this episode with his father. This raises the question of how Doctors of the Church such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas were able reconcile these interpretive commitments with their stance on the intrinsically disordered nature of lying. In examining their resolution of this tension, we discover an important exegetical distinction (...)
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    ATONEMENT: SOUNDINGS IN BIBLICAL, TRINITARIAN, AND SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY by Margaret M. Turek, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, California, 2022, pp. 266, £16.21, pbk. [REVIEW]Catherine Joseph Droste - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):382-385.
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    AUGUSTINE ON THE WILL: A THEOLOGICAL ACCOUNT by Han‐Luen Kantzer Komline, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2020, pp. xv + 469, £90.00, hbk. [REVIEW]Richard Finn - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):376-379.
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    A Hungarian Theologian Abroad: The Reception of the Lima Document in the Works of Gellért Békés OSB (1915–1999).O. S. B. Fülöp Kisnémet - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):339-351.
    This article aims to provide an insight into the ecumenical work of a Hungarian Benedictine monk, Gellért Békés. First, I offer a short overview of Békés's life, who was forced into exile by the socialist regime and who spent almost half a century as Professor at the University of Saint Anselm in Rome. Next, I review Békés's publications and the main thrust of his thinking in the field of ecumenical theology. The central part of my article is devoted to the (...)
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    A THOMISTIC CHRISTOCENTRISM: RECOVERING THE CARMELITES OF SALAMANCA ON THE LOGIC OF THE INCARNATION by Dylan Schrader, [Thomistic Ressourcement Series]. The Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D.C., 2021, pp. xiv + 266, £54.95, hbk. [REVIEW]Simon Francis Gaine - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):385-387.
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    THE ABUSE OF CONSCIENCE: A CENTURY OF CATHOLIC MORAL THEOLOGY by Matthew Levering, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2021, pp. viii + 360, £36.99, hbk. [REVIEW]David Goodill - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):387-389.
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    THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF ELIZABETH ANSCOMBE edited by Roger Teichmann, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2022, pp. 520, £ 97.00, hbk. [REVIEW]Fergus Kerr - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):373-376.
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    Paschal Triduum.Herbert McCabe - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):261-293.
    Here New Blackfriars is publishing for the first time a set of three talks given in 1979 by the distinguished Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe (1926-2001). It appears that the talks were delivered in Leeds, UK, during a Holy Week retreat (or something like that). The text below derives from a typescript put together by someone unknown on the basis of what seems to have been an audio recording. McCabe is clearly drawing on these talks in Chapters 7 to 9 of (...)
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    The Necessity of Primary Causes: A Critique of Denis Edwards.Emma McGowan - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):323-338.
    In this paper I will investigate a recent development on St Thomas Aquinas’ definition of dual causality and see if it truly develops Aquinas’ thinking or departs from it. Denis Edwards made significant contributions to contemporary Catholic theology especially as it concerns the relationship between science and Christian theology. In one very interesting publication, ‘Toward a Theology of Divine Action’, Edwards employs the developments of William R Stoeger, a Jesuit theologian who has also contributed a great deal to Catholic thought (...)
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    JOYCE, ARISTOTLE, AND AQUINAS by Fran O'Rourke, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 2022, pp. xvi + 314, $35.00, pbk. [REVIEW]Joseph S. O'leary - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):379-382.
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    NEO‐ARISTOTELIAN METAPHYSICS AND THE THEOLOGY OF NATURE edited by William M.R. Simpson, Robert C. Koons, and James Orr, Routledge, 2022, pp. 446, £118.82, hbk. [REVIEW]Robert Verrill - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1111):389-392.
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    AN INTRODUCTION TO HEGEL'S LECTURES ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION by Jon Stewart, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2022, pp.304, £75.00, hbk. [REVIEW]Jan Bentz - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):253-256.
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    The Nature and Limits of Theology: A Response to Rowan Williams.Cole DeSantis - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):208-235.
    Theology is both a human endeavor and something of Divine origin, insofar as it is a human attempt to make sense of certain Divinely revealed propositions. How does one reconcile these two elements? One attempt to do so was on the part of the Anglican theologian Rowan Williams. In sections I and II of chapter 1 of his work ‘On Christian Theology’, Williams speaks of the nature of authentic theological discourse, that is, theological discourse that has integrity. In his work (...)
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    Celebrating Synodality: Synodality as a Fundamental Aspect of Christian Liturgy.Thomas O' Loughlin - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):161-178.
    A synodal church makes assumptions about our basic ecclesial experience which takes place when we assemble liturgically, especially when we act eucharistically. The basic assumption is that we are a genuine human community knowing and relating to one another as brothers and sisters in baptism. Only real communities can authentically image the church's nature. This is a ‘bottom – up’ activity. If we wish this, then we must rediscover our liturgy and celebrate it in a new way as flowing out (...)
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    THE CHURCH AND HER SCRIPTURES: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF PATRICK J. HARTIN edited by Catherine Brown Tkacz and Douglas Kries, Pickwick Publications, Eugene, Oregon, 2022, pp.ix + 256, £24.00, pbk. [REVIEW]Joshua Madden - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):243-245.
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    THE MEDIEVAL DOMINICANS: BOOKS, BUILDINGS, MUSIC AND LITURGY [Medieval Monastic Studies 7] edited by Eleanor J. Giraud and Christian T. Leitmeir, Brepols: Turnhout, Belgium, 2021, pp.404, £85.00, hbk. [REVIEW]O. P. Matthew Jarvis - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):236-239.
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    Louis de Wohl: Shady Astrologer, MI5 Recruit, Christian Storyteller.Darren J. N. Middleton - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):179-189.
    Using files declassified and released to Great Britain's National Archives, this article shows how Britain's domestic spy agency, MI5, recruited Louis de Wohl (1903-61), a flashy Hungarian astrologer and Christian writer to create horoscopes for Adolf Hitler during World War II. De Wohl was a controversial figure. His origin story does not check out. His MI5 handlers found him showy. And recent journalists dismiss him as a ‘persuasive fake’. Yet his pre-war fictions were adapted for cinema, his later theological novels (...)
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    THE END OF THE LAW?:LAW, THEOLOGY, AND NEUROSCIENCE by David W. Opderbeck, Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, 2021, pp. xi + 248, £23.00, pbk. [REVIEW]O. P. Moisés Pérez Marcos - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):249-251.
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    Comment: The Great Divorce.Richard J. Ounsworth - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):139-141.
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    Chesterton, Lewis, and the shadow of Newman: a study in method.David Pickering - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):142-160.
    In this essay I argue for a line of descent, in terms of methodology as an apologist, from J.H. Newman to G.K. Chesterton, and hence to C.S. Lewis. I analyse aspects of Chesterton's methodology as an apologist which strongly suggest the influence of Newman. I then argue that Newman may have exercised a greater influence on Lewis's methodology as an apologist, through Chesterton, than has previously been realised. This raises questions for future study concerning Newman's possible influence, not only on (...)
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    SUMMISTAE: THE COMMENTARY TRADITION ON THOMAS AQUINAS’ SUMMA THEOLOGIAE FROM THE 15TH TO THE 17TH CENTURIES edited by Lidia Lanza and Marco Toste, Leuven University Press, Leuven, 2021, pp. 456, €120.00, hbk. [REVIEW]Dominic Ryan - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):239-243.
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    GOD: EIGHT ENDURING QUESTIONS by C. Stephen Layman, University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2022, pp. xiii + 294, £26.95, pbk. [REVIEW]Francis J. Selman - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):251-253.
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    Knowledge of the Heart: Notes on the Definition of the Sensus Fidei in the Personal Life of the Believer.Beáta Tóth - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110).
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    NEWMAN IN THE STORY OF PHILOSOPHY: THE PHILOSOPHICAL LEGACY OF SAINT JOHN HENRY NEWMAN by D.J. Pratt Morris‐Chapman, Pickwick Publications: Eugene OR, 2021, pp. xii + 270, £31.49, pbk. [REVIEW]O. P. Vivian Boland - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1110):245-249.
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    COUNSELS OF IMPERFECTION: THINKING THROUGH CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING by Edward Hadas, Catholic University of America Press, Washington DC, 2021, pp. vii + 434, £28.99, pbk. [REVIEW]Margaret Atkins - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):134-136.
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    Reframing Anselm and Aquinas on Atonement.Rachel Cresswell - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):39-56.
    Thomas Aquinas's vision of atonement is generally considered more conceptually expansive than Anselm of Canterbury's. Where Aquinas's multipartite account of Christ's passion incorporates a variety of biblical motifs, Anselm appears to narrow the focus to satisfactory debt-repayment alone. This article proposes two approaches for reframing the comparison between the two accounts. I argue first that both Anselm and Aquinas considered debt-repayment necessary but not sufficient in itself to accomplish all that is needed for the remittance of sin and the restoration (...)
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    Christ's being and Summa Theologiae 3a Q17 art. 2.O. P. Dominic Ryan - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):57-78.
    This article argues that Summa Theologiae 3a Q17 art. 2 is consistent with the attribution of a proper being to Christ's human nature. It proceeds in three stages. First, it examines the emergence of the problem of Christ's being through an analysis of the Chalcedonian Decree. In so doing it argues that the decree commits its adherents to accepting that Christ's human nature was an individual nature and it shows how Aquinas used his account of natures and essences to interpret (...)
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    AQUINAS, BONAVENTURE, AND THE SCHOLASTIC CULTURE OF MEDIEVAL PARIS: PREACHING, PROLOGUES, AND BIBLICAL COMMENTARIES by Randall B. Smith, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2021, pp. x + 452, £75.00, hbk. [REVIEW]G. R. Evans - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):121-122.
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    AQUINAS ON FAITH, REASON, AND CHARITY by Roberto Di Ceglie, Routledge, New York and Abingdon, 2022, pp. viii + 196, £120.00, hbk. [REVIEW]O. P. Fergus Kerr - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):116-118.
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    THE DISAPPEARANCE OF RITUALS: A TOPOLOGY OF THE PRESENT by Byung‐Chul Han, translated Daniel Steuer, Polity, Cambridge, 2020, pp. 104, £12.99, pbk. [REVIEW]Kieran Flanagan - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):125-129.
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    The Interaction of Philosophy and Theology in Aquinas's Christology.Michael Gorman - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):23-38.
    Aquinas accepts the harmony of faith and reason, but he does not think that such harmony is always easily arrived at. After making some background points about his views on faith, reason, philosophy, and theology, I explore two cases drawn from his Christology. In the first, philosophical thinking influences how we understand revelation; in the second, theological thinking influences how we understand a topic normally thought of as part of philosophy. In both cases, harmony is not pre-given but instead arrived (...)
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    Foreword.Oliver Keenan & Brian Davies - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):3-3.
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    Mysterium Esse Christi: Thomas Aquinas & the Supernatural Being of Jesus Christ.Eric A. Mabry - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):92-115.
    For over 700 years scholastic theologians of varying degrees of allegiance to the text(s) of Thomas Aquinas have discoursed on the mystery of Christ's being (esse): Did Christ have one or two acts of existence? Yet despite this frequent and recurring quaestio, nevertheless only a handful of scholastic commentators pause to note that this is not simply a debate between rival scholastic ‘schools’ in regard to a theological mystery, but that in fact there is an inconsistency within the Angelic doctor's (...)
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    ‘HEART SPEAKS TO HEART’: SAINT JOHN HENRY NEWMAN AND THE CALL TO HOLINESS edited by Kevin J. O'Reilly, foreword by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Gracewing, Leominster, 2021, pp. xx + 161, £16.99, pbk. [REVIEW]Bede Mullens - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):122-125.
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    THE HUMILITY OF THE ETERNAL SON: REFORMED KENOTICISM AND THE REPAIR OF CHALCEDON by Bruce Lindley McCormack, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2021, pp. xi + 316, £29.99, hbk. [REVIEW]O. P. Oliver James Keenan - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):131-134.
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    FAMILY AND IDENTITY IN THE BOOK OF JUDGES [Studies in Cultural Contexts of the Bible, 7] by Bruno J. Clifton, Brill, Schöning, Leiden, 2022, pp. xii + 225, €99.00, hbk. [REVIEW]O. P. Richard J. Ounsworth - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):118-121.
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    Christ, Image of the Father. On the Lasting Importance of the Christology of Thomas Aquinas.Henk J. M. Schoot - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):79-91.
    This contribution discusses the expression ‘Image of the Father’ as a case in point to Aquinas's approach of naming Christ: Christology and Trinitarian theology, as well as the discussion of analogical naming in divinis, need to be taken together. ‘Image’ and ‘Father’ are predicated differently of Christ and God the Father than of human beings. Moreover, God is ‘Father’ in a different way towards the Son than regarding human beings. Christ is the unique image of the Father: the invisible image (...)
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    IN QUEST OF THE HISTORICAL ADAM: A BIBLICAL AND SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION by William Lane Craig, William Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2021, pp. xx + 421, $32.38, hbk. [REVIEW]O. P. Simon Francis Gaine - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):129-131.
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    Thomas Aquinas on the Sacrifice of Christ and the Eucharist: A Defence.Rik Van Nieuwenhove - 2023 - New Blackfriars 104 (1109):4-22.
    In this paper I will discuss one of the soteriological models Thomas Aquinas outlines in his Summa Theologiae, namely ‘sacrifice’. This is only one of several, but not mutually exclusive, ways in which Thomas interprets our salvation in Christ. I will briefly list the other models before focussing in more depth on sacrifice by considering some objections against it. I will continue by outlining Thomas's theology of sacrifice in its own right and explain its connections with the Eucharist. By way (...)
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