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God's Love through the Spirit

The Holy Spirit in Thomas Aquinas and John Wesley


Publication Year: 2014

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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pp. ix-x

I am indebted to a number of people whose influence has helped make the writing of this book possible. In particular, I gratefully acknowledge Bruce Marshall, under whose wise and generous guidance I wrote the dissertation...

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pp. xi-xvi

Pneumatology has often been a neglected theme in Christian theology, perhaps especially in the modern West, but it was not always that way. In fact, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, far from being disregarded, has been the subject of considerable attention...

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1. Methodism and the Work of the Spirit: Making Good on the Deficit

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pp. 1-16

John Wesley stressed “practical divinity.”1 As part of this practical approach, he directed his theological teachings ad populum.2 Most Methodists, following Wesley, have typically devoted...

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2. Sanctifying Love: The Holy Spirit and Sanctification in John Wesley

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pp. 17-62

John Wesley would not fi t neatly, or perhaps even at all, into the modern category of systematic theology. Wesley did not write sophisticated, sustained treatises on technical doctrinal problems. Rather, he conveyed his theological teachings through a variety of...

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3. The Holy Spirit as Personal Love in Thomas Aquinas

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pp. 63-100

While John Wesley primarily used such works as sermons, tracts, and hymns to communicate his theological teachings, Thomas Aquinas is perhaps best known for his sustained, rigorous inquiry into the more technical points of Christian doctrine...

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4. Aquinas on the Holy Spirit as Mutual Love

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pp. 101-140

As shown in the previous chapter, Aquinas’s account of the Holy Spirit as personal love touches at various points upon the doctrine of mutual love, that is, the love by which the Father and Son love one another. Mutual love is a theme that holds significance...

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5. Gift of the Spirit: The Holy Spirit, Love, and the Christian Life in Aquinas

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pp. 141-180

The previous two chapters have examined the link that Aquinas perceived between love and the person of the Holy Spirit. Two orienting concerns have emerged thus far in Aquinas’s pneumatology: first, the Spirit as personal love or love in person, and...

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6. Toward Greater Love: Aquinas, Wesley, and Life in the Spirit

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pp. 181-276

So far this book has included two main sections, an assessment of the problem of sanctification in contemporary Methodist theology and in John Wesley (chapters 1 and 2) and an investigation of Aquinas’s amor-based pneumatology (chapters 3 through 5). Now...

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Conclusion: Further Paths to Mutual Thomist and Methodist Enrichment

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pp. 277-280

The possibility for Thomists and Methodists to continue to grow in mutual understanding and advancement is by no means exhausted within the pages of this book. By way of conclusion, the following five avenues represent further paths to such enrichment...


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pp. 281-292


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pp. 293-295

Publisher Notes

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E-ISBN-13: 9780813226002
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813225999

Page Count: 336
Publication Year: 2014