Steven A. Long

in Natura Pura

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231058
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237012 | DOI:

Series: Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology


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This book has articulated how central will be our understanding of the relation of nature and grace for the proper contemplation and living of Christian life, and for the Christian's participation in cultural and public life. It has considered the implications of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas that there is indeed a proximate and natural end, distinct from the supernatural end, and from which the human species is derived. With no injustice, God could have created man merely with this order, in puris naturalibus, but from the divine goodness, love, and liberality instead created man in sanctifying grace. Yet even given one's creation in grace, the baneful effects of the Fall, and one's restoration and elevation in grace, the intelligible impress of the proximate natural finality remains in man.

Keywords: nature; grace; Christian life; Thomas Aquinas; God; goodness; love; liberality; natural end; supernatural end

Chapter.  4404 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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