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Gospel of Grace

ISBN-10: 0521029384

ISBN-13: 9780521029384

Edition: 2006

Authors: Thomas Aquinas, Cornelius Ernst

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The Summa Theologiae ranks among the greatest documents of the Christian Church, and is a landmark of medieval western thought. It provides the framework for Catholic studies in systematic theology and for a classical Christian philosophy, and is regularly consulted by scholars of all faiths and none, across a range of academic disciplines. This paperback reissue of the classic Latin/English edition first published by the English Dominicans in the 1960s and 1970s, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, has been undertaken in response to regular requests from readers and librarians around the world for the entire series of 61 volumes to be made available again. The original text is unchanged, except for the correction of a small number of typographical errors.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

Thomas Aquinas, the most noted philosopher of the Middle Ages, was born near Naples, Italy, to the Count of Aquino and Theodora of Naples. As a young man he determined, in spite of family opposition to enter the new Order of Saint Dominic. He did so in 1244. Thomas Aquinas was a fairly radical Aristotelian. He rejected any form of special illumination from God in ordinary intellectual knowledge. He stated that the soul is the form of the body, the body having no form independent of that provided by the soul itself. He held that the intellect was sufficient to abstract the form of a natural object from its sensory representations and thus the intellect was sufficient in itself for natural knowledge without God's special illumination. He rejected the Averroist notion that natural reason might lead individuals correctly to conclusions that would turn out false when one takes revealed doctrine into account. Aquinas wrote more than sixty important works. The Summa Theologica is considered his greatest work. It is the doctrinal foundation for all teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Editorial Notes
Introduction
The New Law of the Gospel in Itself
Is the New Law a written law or an inward one?
Does it justify?
Should it have been given from the beginning of the world?
Is it to last until the end of the world?
Relationship of the New Law and the Old
Is the New Law distinct from the Old?
Does it fulfil the Old?
Is it contained in the Old?
Which is the more burdensome?
Content of the New Law
Should the New Law enjoin or forbid external deeds?
Is it sufficient here in what it enjoins or forbids?
Is it satisfactory in its instruction about interior acts?
Is it proper for it to add counsels to precepts?
The Need for Grace
Can man know any truth without grace?
Can he will or do any good?
Can he love God above all things?
Can he observe the precepts of the Law?
Can he merit eternal life?
Can a man prepare himself for grace without grace?
Can he rise up again from sin?
Can he avoid sin?
Can someone who has already obtained grace do good and avoid sin by himself without the further assistance of grace?
Does a man established in grace need the assistance of grace in order to persevere?
Nature of Grace
Does grace set up something in the soul?
Is grace a quality?
Is grace different from infused virtue?
The subject of grace
Divisions of Grace
Is grace satisfactorily divided into freely bestowed grace and sanctifying grace?
The division of sanctifying grace into operative and co-operative
The division of sanctifying grace into prevenient and subsequent
The division of freely bestowed grace
The relationship between sanctifying grace and freely bestowed grace
Cause of Grace
Is God alone the efficient cause of grace?
Is some disposition for grace required on the part of the receiver, by way of an act of free choice?
Can such a disposition constitute a necessity for grace?
Is grace equal in everyone?
Can someone know that he has grace?
Justification
What is the justification of the unrighteous?
Is an infusion of grace required for it?
Is some movement of free choice required?
Is a movement of faith required?
Is there required a movement of choice rejecting sin?
Does it include the forgiveness of sins?
Is there a temporal order or does it take place in a moment?
On the natural sequence of all that contributes to justification
Is justification the greatest of all God's works?
Is it miraculous?
Merit
Can man merit something from God?
Can one merit eternal life without grace?
Can one by gracemerit eternallife in strict equivalence?
Is grace the principle of merit by way of charity?
Can man merit for himself the first grace?
Can man merit it for someone else?
Can one merit for oneself restoration after falling?
Can one merit for oneself growth in grace or charity?
Can one merit final perseverance for oneself?
Do temporal blessings fall under merit?
Appendices
Grace and Saving History
Pelagianism
Justification
Merit
Glossary
Index of Scriptural References
General Index