Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Aquinas on Doctrine: A Critical Introduction

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Aquinas on Doctrine: A Critical Introduction

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Aquinas on Doctrine: A Critical Introduction. Edited by Thomas Weinandy, Daniel Keating and John Yocum. London, U.K.: T & T Clark Ltd., 2004. xvii + 276 pp. $49.95 (paper).

Pope Benedict XVI in his controversial speech at Regensberg University has made a challenge taken as an offense by both Islam and pluralistic secularism for the way in which both appear to oppose faith and reason. The Pope identifies fideism in religion and the deep skepticism in contemporary Western intellectual culture about the very possibility of a truly universal human rationality as twin engines of destruction which undermine a common conversation about the human good and which make impossible the development of real community both within and across cultures. The current Pope's project of defending the role of a robust and humane understanding of reason in the face of both religious and secular obscurantism is the latest installment in a series of protests by previous popes, all of which have featured a reassertion of the significance of the synthesis of faith and reason in the work of the Angelic Doctor, Thomas Aquinas. Faithful to this long standing trend in Roman Catholic theology and to the prompting of the last pope, the English Dominicans at Greyfriars Hall, Oxford, who are known for their definitive edition of the Summa, have put out this collection by an international group of Roman Catholic scholars. The focus of the collection is not Thomas the philosopher but Thomas the theologian of doctrine mined from sacred Scripture. In the foreword, the distinguished Thomist, Fergus Kerr, calls the book "the first comprehensive set of critical appreciations of Thomas Aquinas's discussion of the principal themes of Christian doctrine, by an international team of authors, approaching his work in a creative and scholarly manner, highlighting his continuing relevance as a great Christian theologian" (p. …

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