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The Passions of Christ’s Soul in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas

In the reams of scholarship on Thomas Aquinas, little attention has been paid to his study of Christ’s human affectivity. Paul Gondreau’s book fills that void in Thomistic scholarship, tracing the sources of Aquinas’s doctrine on Christ’s passions, the integral nature of that doctrine to his overall Christology, and the medieval context in which he developed his theology. This groundbreaking volume also addresses how Aquinas treats specific examples of the passions of Christ, including pain, sorrow, fear, wonder, and anger. The Passions of Christ’s Soul in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas will be an invaluable resource for theology students and scholars.

515 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2009

Religion: Philosophy of Religion, Theology, and Ethics

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Table of Contents

Preface by Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P.
A Note on Terminology
Chapter 1. The Christological Sources of Aquinas’ Theology of Christ’s Human Passions
   A.  Scriptural Sources
   B.  Patristic Sources
   C.  The Pre-13th-Century Medieval and Scholastic Sources
   D.  The 13th-Century Sources
   E.  Recapitulation and Conclusion
Chapter 2. The Anthropological Sources of Aquinas’ Theology of Christ’s Human Passions
   A.  The Treatise on the Passions (Summa theologiae I-II, qq.22-48)
   B.  Aristotle
   C.  John Damascene and Nemesius of Emesa
   D.  Albert the Great
   E.  Augustine
   F.  Others
   G. Recapitulation and Conclusion
Chapter 3. The Foundational Christological Principles of Aquinas’ Theology of Christ’s Passions
   A.  The Hypostatic Union and the Divine Dignity of Christ
   B.  The Full Integrity of the Humanity of Christ
   C.  Christ’s Absolute Sinlessness
   D.  The Principle of Economy and Christ’s Coassumed Defects and Perfections
   E.  The "Fittingness" (conveniens) of Christ’s Human Weaknesses
   F.  Recapitulation and Conclusion
Chapter 4. The Ontological Realism of the Incarnation: Christ’s Possession of a Passible Soul
   A.  Christ’s Sensate Human Nature
   B.  The Passibility of the Human Soul
   C.  The Passibility of Christ’s Human Soul (Utrum anima Christi fuerit passibilis)
   D.  Recapitulation and Conclusion
Chapter 5. "The Passions Were in Christ Otherwise than in Us": The Moral Quality of Jesus’ Human Affectivity
   A.  The Role of the Passions in the Moral Life
   B.  The Relationship Between Christ’s Passions and His Virtue
   C.  The Threefold Distinction in the Morality of Christ’s Passions
   D.  Recapitulation and Conclusion
Chapter 6. Aquinas on the Specific Passions of Christ’s Soul: The Case of Jesus’ Sensible Pain, Sorrow, Fear, Wonder, Anger, and the Visio Dei
   A.  Christ’s Experience of Sensible pain
   B.  Christ’s Experience of Sorrow
   C.  Christ’s Experience of Fear
   D.  Christ’s Affective Experience of Wonder
   E.  Christ’s Experience of Anger
   F.  Christ’s Passions and His Enjoyment of the Vision of God
   G. Recapitulation and Conclusion
General Conclusion
   1. Primary Sources
   2. Translations
   3. Works on Aquinas’ Theology of Christ’s Human Affectivity
   4. Works on Aquinas’ Thought on General Human Affectivity
   5. Complementary Works
Index of Themes and Principal Terms
Index of Names

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