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By Matthew Levering

This publication makes an important contribution to modern theological and philosophical debates, bridging scriptural and metaphysical techniques to the triune God.

  • Bridges the space among scriptural and metaphysical ways to biblical narratives.
  • Retrieves Aquinas’s knowing of theology as contemplative knowledge.
  • Structured round Aquinas’s treatise at the triune God in his ‘Summa Theologiae’.
  • Argues that highbrow contemplation is a part of a broader non secular trip in the direction of a greater realizing of God.
  • Contributes to the present resurgence of Thomistic theology in either Protestant and Catholic circles.

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On the other hand, if one starts from the basic Augustinian-Western conception, an a-Trinitarian treatise “on the one God” comes as a matter of course before the treatise on the 1 An earlier version of this chapter appeared as “Wisdom and the Viability of Thomistic Trinitarian Theology,” The Thomist 64 (2000): 593–618. 2 Rahner’s seminal work was “Der dreifaltige Gott als transzendeter Urgrund der Heilsgeschichte,” in Die Heilsgeschichte vor Christus, Vol. 2 of Mysterium Salutis, Grundriss heilsgeschichtlicher Dogmatik (Einsiedeln: Benziger Verlag, 1967).

6 of sacra doctrina as wisdom is Aquinas’s presentation of “wisdom” as one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit to the believer. The gifts of the Holy Spirit enable the person who possesses faith formed by charity to respond to the special prompting of the Holy Spirit. ”20 The virtues, both natural and supernatural, engage our natural 16 On the intellectual virtues, see Thomas Hibbs’s instructive Virtue’s Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good (New York: Fordham University Press, 2001).

U. von Balthasar, The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, Vol. 1: Seeing the Form, trans. Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis [San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1982]: 146). Balthasar further remarks that “because of that final securing of reality which the believer who encounters God in Christ experiences, the theological vision makes it possible for the first time for the philosophical act of encounter with Being to occur in all its depth” (146). 13 A. N. Williams, The Ground of Union, 39. 6. For emphasis on sacra doctrina as wisdom, see Mark F.

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