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By Knowledge and by Love: Charity and Knowledge in the Moral Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas
What is the relationship between charity and knowledge in the theology of Thomas Aquinas? Did Aquinas in his mature thought portray charity's act as antecedent to and independent of practical reasoning? Did he view charity's motion as rendering us morally good before God, apart from whether or not we do what is right in our actions? A dominant stream in contemporary Cathol ...more
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Br. Sherwin provides a clear, if not easy, entry-point into the virtue ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas. Working towards a clear exposition between the relationship between knowledge and love - intellect and charity - within the human soul elevated by grace, Sherwin peels back layer upon layer, looking first at the relation between the intellect and will, then the knowledge and love, then prudence and the three other cardinal virtues, and lastly arriving at the relationship between faith and charity ...more