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In societatem filii eius: Predestination in/as Friendship with God in Thomas Aquinas

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Graff, Thomas Kenneth 

Abstract

jats:titleSummary</jats:title> jats:pThis paper proposes a reading of Thomas Aquinas’ doctrine of predestination as fundamentally oriented towards and realized in friendship with God. On this reading, the seemingly disparate questions, “What does it mean to be predestined?” and “What does it mean to grow in friendship with God?” are not only mutually illuminating but ultimately coterminous. In the first part of the paper, I contextualize this theological rapprochement by foregrounding Aquinas’ treatment in the jats:italicSumma Theologiae</jats:italic> of predestination as a Christocentric, communal reality, and by considering friendship with God as the end of Aquinas’ doctrine of grace. In the second part, I attend to Aquinas’ scriptural commentaries on Romans and the Gospel of John, in order to conduct a reading of predestination in/as friendship with God. Ultimately, as invited in friendship and adopted in grace into the life of Christ, God’s ordering of the rational creature to eternal life is nothing other than God’s ordering of humanity as jats:italicviator</jats:italic> to friendship with Himself in the inner life of Trinitarian love itself.</jats:p>

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Keywords

Aquinas, Predestination, Christ, Friendship, Trinitarian Love

Journal Title

NEUE ZEITSCHRIFT FUR SYSTEMATISCHE THEOLOGIE UND RELIGIONSPHILOSOPHIE

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Journal ISSN

0028-3517
1612-9520

Volume Title

63

Publisher

Walter de Gruyter GmbH