New Book: Thomism and Predestination

A new book entitled Thomism and Predestination: Principles and Disputations is now available from The Catholic University of America Press. See below for more details. 


"There is perhaps no aspect of traditional Thomistic thought so contested in modern Catholic theology as the notion of predestination as presented by the classical Thomist school. What is that doctrine, and why is it so controversial? Has it been rightly understood in the context of modern debates? At the same time, the Church's traditional affirmation of a mystery of predestination is largely ignored in modern Catholic theology more generally. Why is this the case? Can a theology that emphasizes the Augustinian notion of the primacy of salvation by grace alone also forego a theology of predestination?

Thomism and Predestination: Principles and Disputations considers these topics from various angles: the principles of the classical Thomistic treatment of predestination, their contested interpretation among modern theologians, examples of the doctrine as illustrated by the spiritual writings of the saints, and the challenges to Catholic theology that the Thomistic tradition continues to pose. This volume initiates readers―especially future theologians and Catholic intellectuals―to a central theme of theology that is speculatively challenging and deeply interconnected to many other elements of the faith.


Steven A. Long is a professor of Theology at Ave Maria University and author of Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act (Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University Publications). Roger W. Nutt is an associate professor of Theology, codirector of the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal, and editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University. Thomas Joseph White, OP, is the director of the Thomistic Institute at the Domincan House of Studies. He is the author of several books including The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology (CUA Press), and coeditor of the theological journal Nova et Vetera."

Romanus Cessario, OP: Thomism in the 21st Century

Romanus Cessario, OP, gave an interview with America Magazine on the topic of "Thomism in the 21st Century." A snippet:

"One extreme would be superficiality. To reach up to the mind of Aquinas, as Father Lonergan used to say, requires that one commit to a long period of focused and assiduous study. One cannot learn only the conclusions of Aquinas. The other extreme would be what I call “spiffiness.” Spiffy Thomists assume that Aquinas can only survive when he is put into dialogue with contemporary thought-forms."

The complete interview can be found here.

Ressourcement Thomism: a book from CUA Press

In from Reinhard Hütter, a reminder about a new book from CUA Press, entitled Ressourcement Thomism: Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments, & the Moral Life. The book is a series of essays dedicated to the modern-day princeps thomistarum, Romanus Cessario, OP. The essays in the volume have been contributed by:

  • Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia
  • Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon
  • Guy Bedouelle, O.P.
  • Bernhard Blankenhorn, O.P.
  • Stephen L. Brock
  • Lawrence Dewan, O.P.
  • Reinhard Hütter
  • Joseph W. Koterski, S.J.
  • Matthew L. Lamb
  • Benoît-Dominique de La Soujeole, O.P.
  • Matthew Levering
  • Steven A. Long
  • Alasdair MacIntyre
  • Graham J. McAleer
  • Richard Schenk, O.P.
  • Craig Steven Titus
  • Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap.
  • Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

Dr Hütter provided me a PDF of some of the book’s front matter. Learn more about the book at CUA Press’s webpage for it.