Self-Gift: Essays on Humanae Vitae and the Thought of John Paul II

Janet E. Smith has been among the world’s preeminent voices in the study of the issues raised by Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical letter Humanae vitaeSelf-Gift: Essays on Humanae Vitae and the Thought of John Paul II presents Smith’s critical collection of essays on the vocation of marriage, human sexuality, contraception, and more.

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On Love and Virtue: Theological Essays

What does it mean to love and what are the traits of character that support love’s activity?  How does the economy of grace—the mission of Christ and the action of the Holy Spirit—elevate and transform human love, virtue and the desire for happiness?  These essays both consider how the Catholic tradition has addressed these questions and places this tradition . . .

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Christ the Logos of Creation: Essays in Analogical Metaphysics

Over the course of the twentieth century, it has increasingly been asserted that theology does not need metaphysics, indeed, that metaphysics (being an inheritance from Greek philosophy) is inimical to the purity of the faith and the task of Christian theology. In this collection of essays, however, John Betz argues that metaphysics has always been a part of the Christian faith, beginning with the proclamation of Christ as the Logos . . .

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Aquinas on Beatific Charity and the Problem of Love

The “problem of love” needs further inquiry and a resolution as to whether God is the ultimate object of love or whether our own happiness is the object of love. This is both a perennial problem in thought and a textual problem in Aquinas. It seems evident that our duty is to love God above all things and for his own sake. On the other hand, it seems that descriptions of the moral life as rooted in a search for perfect . . .

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