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Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology$
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Gilles Emery, O.P. and Matthew Levering

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749639.001.0001

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Aristotle and Aquinas’s Theology of Charity in the Summa Theologiae

Aristotle and Aquinas’s Theology of Charity in the Summa Theologiae

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Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology

Guy Mansini OSB

Oxford University Press

Since charity is the love of God poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit and is a gift that raises us to share in Trinitarian life, it is distinguished from the natural love of God suited to our created nature by which we love God, the greatest good, above all things. St. Thomas introduces the novel idea that charity is supernatural friendship with God and our neighbor, where friendship is understood as Aristotle defines it, where friends mutually intend the good of the other, enjoy a common life, and have the same end. Charity meets this definition strictly, if analogously. While Christians love all men in charity, there is a wise order to this love that ensures its practicality.

Keywords:   charity, friendship, friends, nature-supernature, supernatural end, common life, wisdom

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