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Lawrence Dewan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227969

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227969.001.0001

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St. Thomas and the Ontology of Prayer

St. Thomas and the Ontology of Prayer

(p.365) Chapter 23 St. Thomas and the Ontology of Prayer
Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

Lawrence Dewan

Fordham University Press

Twice in his twenty-year academic career, toward the beginning and toward the end, St. Thomas Aquinas undertook to present systematically the act of prayer. The first of these studies is found in the fourth book of his Commentary on the Book of Sentences of Peter Lombard, written about 1256. The second of St. Thomas's studies on the act of prayer is found in the second part of the Summa theologiae (ST), written about 1271. St. Thomas's second treatise on the act of prayer constitutes a considerable revision as compared with the first. This chapter focuses on one evident and important revision bearing on the essential nature of prayer.

Keywords:   Thomas Aquinas, prayer, treatise, Summa theologiae

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