Category Archives: Robert Jenson

The Imperial Judiciary Lives

So begins Antonin Scalia’s scathing, wickedly funny dissent in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. His words were the first that came to mind when I read that the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, has just discovered a … Continue reading

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The body as one’s availability to others

Robert Jenson suggests that we think of bodies simply as a person’s availability to another in time and space; I am embodied for you just insofar as you intend me by way of some piece of the universe’s metaphysical furnishings. … Continue reading

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The unchanging relatively changed

“Nummus autem cum dicitur pretium, relative dicitur, nec tamen mutatus est cum esse coepti pretium; neque cum dicitur pignus, et si qua sunt similia…quanto facilius de illa incommutabili Dei substantia debemus accipere, ut ita dicatur relative aliquid ad creaturam.” “But … Continue reading

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Creatures as pure accident

” Sans doute, quand il s’agit des créature muables et changeantes, ce qui ne se dit pas de la substance, se dit de l’accident, car en elles tout est accidentel, la grandeur et les autres qualités, puisque ces qualités sont susceptibles … Continue reading

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Is charity something created in the soul?

Thomas argues that it has to be (ST IIa IIae, 22, 2). By “created,” he means a habit or power which the soul can exercise freely. Here he opposes Peter Lombard (“Magister”), who had argued that the love by which … Continue reading

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Hart on creation sounds like Jenson

I think of these two as engaged in a monumental struggle over the mechanics of the Trinity, but on the ground, they sound remarkably alike. Take Hart on creation: “Creation is thus without foundations; it attends God, possessing no essence … Continue reading

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Grace and nature

In IIa IIae, 8, 1, Thomas considers whether the human power of intellection should be considered a gift of the Holy Spirit. The intuitive objection is this: “Sed intellectus est quidam habitus naturalis in anima, quo cognoscuntur principia naturaliter nota.” … Continue reading

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Hearing and Sight

I’ll quote IIa IIae, 3, 8, 2, and Thomas’s answer to that objection: Praeterea, visio est certior auditu. Sed fides est ex auditu, ut dicitur ad Rom. X, in intellectu autem et scientia et sapientia includitur quaedam intellectualis visio. Ergo … Continue reading

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On being Israel

“That there should be any difficulty in understanding Judaism’s claim to be Israel may, of course, seem preposterous to Jews. But for Christian theology it is not merely a diffiuclty but a torment. Christian faith is the conviction that the … Continue reading

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Person as Story

“Christian faith has a dramatic conception of man. A person is not a thing with attributes; a person is a story. It is for this reason that I suggest that personal identity be understood as the dramatic continuity of a … Continue reading

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