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Church, State, and Society

An Introduction to Catholic Social Doctrine

Church, State, and Society explains the nuanced understanding of human dignity and the common good found in the Catholic intellectual tradition.

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The Church, the Councils, and Reform

the legacy of the fifteenth century

Gerald Christianson

The Church, the Councils, and Reform brings together leading authorities in the field of church history to reflect on the importance of the late medieval councils. This is the first book in English to consider the lasting significance of the period from Constance to Trent (1414-1563) when several councils met to heal the Great Schism (1378) and reform the church.

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Civil Religion in Political Thought

Ronald Weed

The essays in this volume blend historical and philosophical reflection with concern for contemporary political problems. They show that the causes and motivations of civil religion are a permanent fixture of the human condition, though some of its manifestations and proximate causes have shifted in an age of multiculturalism, religious toleration, and secularization

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The Civil War Diary of Rev. James Sheeran, C.Ss.R.

Chaplain, Confederate, Redemptorist

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The Cleansing of the Heart

The Sacraments as Instrumental Causes in the Thomistic Tradition

Recalling the Biblical and Patristic roots of the Church’s sacramental identity, the Second Vatican Council calls the Church the ‘visible sacrament’ of that unity off­ered through Christ (LG 9). ‘Sacrament’ in this sense not only describes who the Church is, but what she does. In this regard, the Council Fathers were careful to establish a strong connection between the symbolic nature of the Church’s sacraments and their eff­ect on those who received them.

Reginald Lynch is concerned with the cleansing of the heart—a phrase borrowed from St. Augustine and employed by Aquinas, which describes the e­ffects that natural elements such as water or bread have on the human person when taken up by the Church as sacramental signs. Aquinas’ approach to sacramental efficacy is unique for its integration of diverse theological topics such as Christology, merit, grace, creation and instrumentality. While all of these topics will be considered to some extent, the primary focus of The Cleansing of the Heart is the sacraments understood as instrumental causes of grace. This volume provides the historical context for understanding the development of sacramental causality as a theological topic in the scholastic period, emphasizing the unique features of Aquinas’ response to this question. Following this, relevant texts from Aquinas’ early and later work are examined, noting Aquinas’ development and integration of the idea of sacramental causality in his later work. The Cleansing of the Heart concludes by contrasting alternatives to Aquinas’ theory of sacramental causality that subsequently emerged. The rise of humanism introduced many changes within rhetoric and philosophy of language that had a profound eff­ect on some theologians during the Modern period. This book provides historical context for understanding the most prominent of these theories in contrast to Aquinas, and examines some of their theological implications.

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The Clerical Dilemma

Peter of Blois and literate culture in the twelfth century

John D. Cotts

The Clerical Dilemma is the first book-length study of Peter of Blois's life, thought, and writings in any language

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Commentaries on Aristotle's "On Sense and What Is Sensed" and "On Memory and Recollection" (Thomas Aquinas in Translation)

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The translations presented in this volume are based on the critical Leonine edition of the commentaries, which includes the Latin translations of the Aristotelian texts on which Aquinas commented.

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