Theology Class: Doctrinal Tuesdays

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


There are many questions that Christians rightly ask themselves about faith. For instance, does faith have an object, and if so, what is it? That is to say, is the object of faith God himself, or rather something like a definition of God (that he is one Being in three Persons, say)? Or is faith an attitude of our mind, or a movement of our heart, or a habit of our being? Or is it all of these?

In Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae, the second part of the second part takes up the seven ‚Äúvirtues‚Äù or ‚Äúexcellences‚Äù of the Christian. And Aquinas starts his discussion at the top: not with temperance, courage, justice, or prudent wisdom, nor with hope and love, but with faith. Why does he do that? Is faith greater than hope and love? Do we need faith in order to be temperate and courageous and just and wise?

Over these class sessions, Father Austin guides us into Aquinas’s discussion through a close reading of short selections from this part of the Summa theologiae: II-II, qq. 1-7. No advance reading will be expected, nor is a particular translation required. An old translation of the first question is available free on the web here. The New Blackfriars edition, while expensive, has good notes. You can see it on amazon.

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