Renewal within Tradition
Series editor: Matthew Levering
Matthew Levering is the James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary. Levering is the author or editor of over thirty books. He serves as coeditor of the journals Nova et Vetera and the International Journal of Systematic Theology.
About the series
Catholic theology reflects upon the content of divine revelation as interpreted and handed down in the Church, but today Catholic theologians often find the scriptural and dogmatic past to be alien territory. The Renewal within Tradition Series undertakes to reform and reinvigorate contemporary theology from within the tradition, with St. Thomas Aquinas as a central exemplar. As part of its purpose, the Series reunites the streams of Catholic theology that, prior to the Council, separated into neo-scholastic and nouvelle théologie modes. The biblical, historical-critical, patristic, liturgical, and ecumenical emphases of the Ressourcement movement need the dogmatic, philosophical, scientific, and traditioned enquiries of Thomism, and vice versa. Renewal within Tradition challenges the regnant forms of theological liberalism that, by dissolving the cognitive content of the gospel, impede believers from knowing the love of Christ.
Published or Forthcoming
This book is a collection of essays which have been published by Professor Rowland on themes in the theology of culture. Taken together these essays explore the foundations of a culture built on the humanism of the Incarnation.
Preaching was immensely important in the medieval Church, and Thomas Aquinas expended much time and effort preaching. Today, however, Aquinas’s sermons remain relatively unstudied and underappreciated. This is largely because their sermo modernus style, typical of the thirteenth century, can appear odd and inaccessible to the modern . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .