New Book: Aquinas and the Theology of the Body

New Book: <i>Aquinas and the Theology of the Body</i>

As the seventh volume of their Thomistic Ressourcement series, Catholic University Press has recently published Aquinas and the Theology of the Body: The Thomistic Foundations of John Paul II's Anthropology by Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P. 

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New Volume From Fr. Richard Schenk, OP

The latest offering from Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University, published this past April, is a compilation of essays on St. Thomas and his theology from Fr. Richard Schenk, OP, of the Western Dominican Province. Soundings in the History of a Hope: New Studies on Thomas Aquinas, the newest installment in the Faith & Reason series, seeks to undertake the beginnings of a retrieval of Thomistic thought in order to put it at the service of the Church today. The essays range from an examination of the role and task of Thomism in the Church today, to a study of the axiom of nature and grace in St. Thomas, to a treatment of the present significance of Aquinas' teaching on the question of sacrifice.

Fr. Schenk sums up the purpose of the volume in his Preface:

The essays gathered in this volume do not intend to revolutionize the common view of Thomas Aquinas that became conventional a good while ago and still lingers for many of his admirers and detractors. Neither do they seek to repeat it....These studies do intend to use the recollection of his uneven reception together with the new historical sources and tools that have become available in the last 150 years to explore, connect, and deepen here and there our sense of Thomas in the context of his own time and to receive what was most programmatic about Thomas himself for many - of course not for all - of the problems most pressing today. (vii)

Fr. Schenk's new book promises to be a helpful resource for Thomistic scholars in engaging contemporary issues in theology and society at large.

New Book: Deification According to St. Thomas Aquinas

New Book: Deification According to St. Thomas Aquinas

Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University has recently published Daria Spezzano's masterful work, The Glory of God's Grace: Deification According to St. Thomas Aquinas. It is the first full-length, comprehensive study of St. Thomas's teaching on deification in its scriptural, patristic, philosophical, developmental, and systematic context.

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New Collection of Essays on Aquinas’s De malo

There is a new collection of essays from Cambridge University Press titled Aquinas’s ‘Disputed Questions on Evil’: A Critical Guide.

Chapters and contributors include:

  1. Metaphysical Themes in De malo, 1 John F. Wippel
  2. Weakness and Willful Wrongdoing in Aquinas’s De malo Bonnie Kent and Ashley Dressel
  3. Free Choice Tobias Hoffmann and Peter Furlong
  4. Venial Sin and the Ultimate End Steven J. Jensen
  5. The Promise and Pitfalls of Glory: Aquinas on the Forgotten Vice of Vainglory Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
  6. The Goodness and Evil of Objects and Ends Thomas M. Osborne, Jr
  7. Evil and Moral Failure in De malo Carl N. Still and Darren E. Dahl
  8. Attention, Intentionality, and Mind-reading in Aquinas’s De malo, q. 16, a. 8 Therese Scarpelli Cory
  9. Evil as Privation: The Neoplatonic Background to Aquinas’s De malo, 1 Fran O’Rourke
  10. Moral Luck and the Capital Vices in De malo: Gluttony and Lust M. V. Dougherty

From the Publisher's blurb:

This collection of ten, specially commissioned new essays, the first book-length English-language study of Disputed Questions on Evil, examines the most interesting and philosophically relevant aspects of Aquinas’s work, highlighting what is distinctive about it and situating it in relation not only to Aquinas’s other works but also to contemporary philosophical debates in metaphysics, ethics, and philosophy of action. The essays also explore the history of the work’s interpretation.

Publisher’s page is here.

University of Dallas's Aquinas lectures now in print

In from Philipp Rosemann at the University of Dallas is the following news:

Are you aware of the fact that the University of Dallas now publishes its annual Aquinas Lecture, in a series of small books produced by St. Augustine's Press? For more info, have a look here.

The first lecture published is that of a scholar well-known to our visitors: John F. Boyle, who lectured on "Master Thomas Aquinas and the Fullness of Life." The books are published by St. Augustine's Press.

English translation of Bonaventure's Scriptum on Book 1 of the Sentences

In from Alexis Bugnolo is news that an English translation of Bonaventure's Scriptum on Book 1 of Peter Lombard's Sentences will appear in November of this year. The translation uses the critical edition from Quaracchi, and includes all the scholia and notes! Neat.

To find out more about the translation you can follow this link.


Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University, and founded on Squarespace in November of 2004. He studied with James Weisheipl, Leonard Boyle, Walter Principe, and Lawrence Dewan, at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada).