Archives For Aquinas


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in a Pluralist Society

A Brief Review of 

Politics for a Pilgrim Church:
A Thomistic Theory
of Civic Virtue

Thomas Bushlack

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2015
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
I have been wanting to write about this book for awhile, and since today is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, it seems like an ideal occasion to write a brief review. Politics for a Pilgrim Church is a helpful and substantial reflection on how Aquinas’s work can guide us as we seek to live faithfully to the way of Jesus in the pluralistic public square of the 21st century. Bushlack starts with an appreciative, but largely critical examination of neo-Anabaptist approaches to political engagement. Specifically, as one working from the Catholic theological tradition, he engages William Cavanaugh and Michael Baxter here. As one who largely agrees with Cavanaugh and Baxter’s work, I read his critiques with interest, and found myself particularly sympathetic to his assertion that  they “provide very little normative content in regard to how one might faithfully engage in the civic and cultural milieu of democratic states” (40).

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Medieval Christianity

This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

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This week we focus on Medieval Christianity. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books.

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 [easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1118391160″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”216″ alt=”Eugene F. Rogers” ]What is Natural?

A Feature Review of

Aquinas and the Supreme Court: Race, Gender and the Failure of Natural Law in Thomas’ Biblical Commentaries
Eugene F. Rogers , Jr.

Hardback: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
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Reviewed by Myles Werntz


In recent months, a variety of Supreme Court cases on gender, sexuality, and what is “natural” to us make Eugene Rogers Jr.’s most recent book an exceptionally timely contribution. In court opinions, blogs, public debates, and theological arguments, the concept of what is “natural” to us remains a highly debated concept, with Thomas Aquinas one of the most frequently cited figures. In this book—a collection of new material alongside previously published material—Rogers makes the breathtaking argument that Thomas Aquinas does not, in fact, say what you think he says on the topic of natural law, nature, and what is appropriate to humans as natural.

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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
28 January 2013

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Today is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the great philosopher of the middle ages…
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Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.”
Poet William Butler Yeats, who died on this day in 1939
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“The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.”
Jackson Pollock, who was born on this day in 1912
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