Thomas Aquinas on the Beatitudes: Reading Matthew, Disputing Grace and Virtue, Preaching Happiness

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Abstract

What is happiness and how do we attain it? Saint Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1226-1274) devoted much time to these questions. In studying them he always returned to the beatitudes as they are found in Matthew 5:1-10. They function as the framework for his theology of human happiness. This study presents that theology as it comes to the fore in Aquinas’ performance of his three tasks as a magister at the Parisian university: to read Scripture, to dispute theological topics, and to preach.
This study shows that Aquinas believes that the beatitudes describe a number of virtuous actions, the exercise of which is made possible by grace, specified in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. To all those observing the new law constituted by the beatitudes, a reward is promised in the form of eternal happiness. Any happiness that can be had in this life is at best an inchoate form of the reward of eternal happiness, which is described in the second part of each individual beatitude.
LanguageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Schoot, Henk, Promotor
  • Sarot, Marcel, Promotor
Award date6 Jun 2018
Place of PublicationLeuven - Paris - Bristol, CT
Publisher
Print ISBNs9789042936430
StatePublished - 2018

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Preaching
Happiness
Thomas Aquinas
Reward
Theology
Eternal
Exercise
Gift
Dispute
Beatitude
Holy Spirit
Grace
Scripture

Keywords

  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Bible
  • medieval theology
  • virtue ethics
  • Holy Spirit
  • Grace
  • HAPPINESS

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