The Thought of Thomas Aquinas

By Brian Davies | Go to book overview

17 Signs and Wonders

Those who have made a study of the twentieth-century theologian Rudolf Bultmann (1884 - 1976) will know that he is famous for attacking what he calls the tendency 'to objectify' (objektivieren). In Bultmann's view, it is wrong to think of Christian faith as a system of beliefs or theses, or as a world-view (Weltanschauung) which can be singled out and presented to the mind in a theoretical, academic, or detached manner. According to Bultmann, faith is a matter of personal engagement between the believer and the word of God. And theology is an expression of such engagement.

It would be wrong to say that on this matter Bultmann is merely echoing Aquinas. Their thinking is clearly very different, and there is little reason to believe that Bultmann was influenced by Aquinas. But Aquinas would certainly agree that articulating the content of faith, or expressing assent to it, is merely a first stage as far as Christians are concerned. In his view, to proclaim the Christian creeds is to tell what God has done in history. And, since he believes that God in history has united himself to humanity in order to raise it to a share in his life, he takes it for granted that Christian faith has implications for what we do or how we behave. As we noted in Chapter 14 , though he thinks of faith as propositional, he does not conceive of it as a merely propositional or cerebral affair. He thinks of it as a virtue by which our lives are improved or enhanced. In his view, receiving the word of God is not just a matter of getting to know something. It is a matter of coming to live a more intense life—the life of God himself. For Aquinas, therefore, we need to consider what it means to live our lives in faith. Christian doctrine is not, for him, nothing but a list of truths about God. It is a summons to respond to God. It is a summons to a way of life. We have already seen something of how he conceives of the Christian response to this summons. In essence, his view of the matter is contained in his teaching on faith, hope, and charity. But he has other things to say about the details of the Christian life, and, to round off this survey of his thinking, we

-345-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Thought of Thomas Aquinas
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Thought of Thomas Aquinas iii
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Contents xiii
  • Abbreviations xvi
  • 1: The Shape of a Saint 1
  • 2: Getting to God 21
  • 3: What God is Not 40
  • 4: Talking About God 58
  • 5: Perfection and Goodness 80
  • 6: Ubiquity to Eternity 98
  • 7: Oneness to Knowledge 118
  • 8: Will to Mercy 139
  • 9: Providence and Freedom 158
  • 10: The Eternal Triangle 185
  • 11: Being Human 207
  • 12: How to Be Happy 227
  • 13: How to Be Holy 250
  • 14: The Heart of Grace 274
  • 15: God Incarnate 297
  • 16: The Life and Work of Christ 320
  • 17: Signs and Wonders 345
  • Select Bibliography 377
  • Index 385
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 391

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.