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Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas

Mark D. Jordan

Abstract

This book is an original reading of the Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas. It reads the main parts of the Summa backwards, starting from the conclusion, to discover Thomas’s purpose: the unification of persuasive Christian wisdom in a pattern of ongoing moral formation. The book is not another “synthesis” of Thomistic ethics. It argues instead that the Summa offers a series of exercises in evaluating the theological traditions that grew up around the original scenes of instruction: the incarnation, the Gospels, and the sacraments. God provided those scenes so that human beings might learn the ... More

Keywords: divine pedagogy, incarnation, moral formation, sacraments, scene of instruction, Summa theologiae, Thomas Aquinas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823273782
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823273782.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark D. Jordan, author
Harvard Divinity School