Natura Pura: On the Recovery of Nature in the Doctrine of Grace by Steven A. LongNatura Pura: On the Recovery of Nature in the Doctrine of Grace by Steven A. Long

Natura Pura: On the Recovery of Nature in the Doctrine of Grace

bySteven A. Long

Hardcover | April 28, 2010

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From speculative theology to the exegesis of Aquinas, to contemporary North American philosophy and Catholic social and ethical thought, to the thought of Benedict XVI, this work argues the crucial importance of the proportionate natural end within the context of grace and supernaturalbeatitude. In two initial chapters, the book argues that Henri de Lubac and Hans Urs von Balthasar erred by negating the proportionate natural end for man within the doctrine of grace. Given the loss of natura within theological method, its recovery requires philosophic instrumentalities. In its third chapter,this book argues that the analytic thought so widespread in Anglophone circles cannot replace the role of classical Thomism within theology. The fourth chapter argues against those who construe affirmation of a proportionate natural end as equivalent to social Pelagianism, engaging the work ofJacques Maritain, Jean Porter, and David Schindler, Sr. In an appendix, the author examines the early thought of Cardinal Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI, and its development toward the Regensburg Lecture.
Steven A. Long is a Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University. He is the author The Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act.
Title:Natura Pura: On the Recovery of Nature in the Doctrine of GraceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.01 inPublished:April 28, 2010Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823231054

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. On the Loss, and the Recovery, of Nature as a Theonomic Principle" Reflections on the Nature/Grace Controversy2. A Criticism of Nature as Vacuole for Grace3. On the Impropriety of Treating Theology's Handmaiden like an Analytic4. Why Natura Pura Is Not the Theological Stalking Horse for Secularist Minimalism or Pelagianism5. ConclusionAppendix: Cardinal Ratzinger and Pope Benedict XVINotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"In these essays Steven Long always finds what is profound, elegant, and most of all what is surprising in St. Thomas doctrine on nature and grace."