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Natura PuraOn the Recovery of Nature in the Doctrine of Grace$
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Steven A. Long

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231058

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823231058.001.0001

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On The Impropriety Of Treating Theology's Handmaiden Like an Analytic

On The Impropriety Of Treating Theology's Handmaiden Like an Analytic

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Natura Pura

Steven A. Long

Fordham University Press

The essential role of natura in theological method, with all its ontological dynamism, ontological density, and relative autonomy vis-à-vis the revelata, raises the stake with regard to the understanding of nature and being. Following on from the theological recovery of nature, a correct and fruitful approach to the understanding of these principles is necessary within the theological method. Hence, there arises the possibility that the type of thought that has flourished during the long winter of Catholic disengagement with natura, and that is circumambient in North America and Great Britain, may by default be judged a fit inheritor of, or substitute for, the office of classical Thomism. This chapter argues that if a realist contemplation of natura is essential to theological method, then theology can ill afford the confusion whereby a partial meta-philosophy would be preferred to a philosophy of nature and metaphysics.

Keywords:   Thomism, relative autonomy, nature, being, natura, ontological dynamism, ontological density, theology, metaphysics

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