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Author Hütter, Reinhard, 1958-
Title Bound for beatitude : a Thomistic study in eschatology and ethics / Reinhard Hütter.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : The Catholic University of America Press, [2019]

Author Hütter, Reinhard, 1958-
Series Thomistic ressourcement series ; Volume 12
Thomistic ressourcement series ; v. 12.
Subject Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274.
Happiness -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 493 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Bound for Beatitude is about St. Thomas Aquinas's theology of beatitude and the journey thereto. Consequently, the work's topic is the meaning and purpose of human life embedded in that of the whole cosmos. This study is not an antiquarian exercise in the thought of some sundry medieval thinker, but an exercise of ressourcement in the philosophical and theological wisdom of one of the most profound theologians of the Catholic Church, one whom the Church has canonized, granted the title "Doctor of the Church," and for a long time regarded as the common doctor. This exercise of ressourcement takes its methodological cues from the common doctor; hence, it is an integrated exercise of philosophical, dogmatic, and moral theology. Its specific theological topic, the ultimate human end, perfect happiness, beatitude, and the journey thereto-stands at the very heart of St. Thomas's theology. Far from being passe, his theology of beatitude is of urgent pertinence as the crisis of humanity and of creation and the exile of God seems to approach its apogee. By way of a presentation, interpretation, and defense of Thomas Aquinas's doctrine of beatitude and the journey thereto, Bound for Beatitude advances an argument based on four theses: (1) The loss of a theology of beatitude has greatly impoverished contemporary theology. In order to succeed and flourish, theology must recover a sound teleological orientation. (2) In order to recover a sound teleological orientation, theology must recover metaphysics as its privileged instrument. (3) Thomas Aquinas provides a still pertinent model for how theology might achieve these goals in a metaphysically profound theology of beatitude and the beatific vision. Finally, (4) Aquinas's rich and sophisticated account of the virtues charts the journey to beatitude in a way that still has analytic force and striking relevance in the early twenty-first century.
Contents Intro; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Prologue: Beatitude-The Perfection of Being Human; 1. Ordained for Beatitude-The Finality of the Created Intellect: Sacred Theology, Metaphysics, and the Natural Desire for the Vision of God; 2. Equipped for Beatitude-To Be Good Is to Do the Truth: Eternal Law, Natural Law, Prudence, and Conscience; 3. Liberated for Beatitude-Saved from Sin: Christ's Passion on the Cross, the Surpassing Act of Charity; 4. The Beginning of Beatitude-The Substance of Things Hoped For: The Virtue of Faith
5. The Road to Beatitude-Divinization and Friendship with God: The Virtue of Charity6. The Preparation for Beatitude-Justice toward God: The Virtue of Religion; 7. Perseverance on the Journey toBeatitude-Reclaiming Martyrdom: The Virtue of Courage; 8. Protecting the Journey to Beatitude-Achieving Selfless Self-Control: The Virtue of Chastity; 9. The Exemplar of Beatitude-Hope for the Wayfarer: The Blessed Virgin Mary's Bodily Assumption into Heaven; Epilogue: God-Man's Beatitude; Selected Bibliography; Index of Names; General Index; Other Books in the Series
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 08, 2019).
ISBN 9780813231822 (electronic book)
0813231825 (electronic book)
OCLC # 1099525192

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