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Author Levering, Matthew, 1971- author

Title Aquinas's eschatological ethics and the virtue of temperance / Matthew Levering
Published Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2019]
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Contents Aquinas and the ethics of the inaugurated kingdom -- Shame and honestas -- Abstinence and sobriety -- Chastity -- Clemency and meekness -- Humility -- Studiousness
Summary "In Aquinas's Eschatological Ethics and the Virtue of Temperance, Matthew Levering argues that Catholic ethics make sense only in light of the biblical worldview that Jesus has inaugurated the kingdom of God by pouring out his spirit. Jesus has made it possible for us to know and obey God's law for human flourishing as individuals and communities. He has reoriented our lives toward the goal of beatific communion with him in charity, which affects the exercise of the moral virtues that pertain to human flourishing. Without the context of the inaugurated kingdom, Catholic ethics as traditionally conceived will seem like an effort to find a middle ground between legalistic rigorism and relativistic laxism, which is especially the case with the virtue of temperance, the focus of Levering's book. After an opening chapter on the eschatological/biblical character of Catholic ethics, the ensuing chapters engage Aquinas's theology of temperance in the Summa theologiae, which identifies and examines a number of virtues associated with temperance. Levering demonstrates that the theology of temperance is profoundly biblical, and that Aquinas's theology of temperance relies for its intelligibility upon Christ's inauguration of the kingdom of God as the graced fulfillment of our created nature. The book develops new vistas for scholars and students interested in moral theology"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274.
Christian ethics -- Catholic authors
Eschatology -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
Temperance (Virtue)
Christian ethics -- Catholic authors.
Temperance (Virtue)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019037191
ISBN 0268106355
0268106363
9780268106355
9780268106362