Communion with the Tradition: For the Believer Who Is a Philosopher

Lawrence Dewan

in Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227969
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237210 | DOI:

Series: Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology

Communion with the               Tradition: For the Believer Who Is a Philosopher

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This chapter encourages a so-called “fidelity” to ontology, or to metaphysics as a doctrine of being, in the continuing effort to approach the Catholic faith through understanding. First, it recalls St. Thomas Aquinas's doctrine concerning the nature of “the sacred teaching” (sacra doctrina). Second, it asks what is meant by the “philosophical sciences” that the sacred teaching may put to use. Third it recalls a teaching of Plato concerning the human mind and its knowledge of being. Finally, it lays emphasis on a neglected doctrine of St. Thomas, namely, the differences of personal aptitude and personal historical destiny, as that doctrine applies to the history of Christian education.

Keywords: metaphysics; being; Thomas Aquinas; sacred teaching; philosophical sciences; personal aptitude; personal historical destiny; Christian education

Chapter.  5176 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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