Karl Barth is widely considered the greatest theologian of the Twentieth Century, exerting a major influence in almost every area of theological thought in both Reformation and Roman Catholic traditions. Ecclesial Mediation in Karl Barth deals with one of the most important and controversial themes in Barth’s theology, the relation between divine and human action. John Yocum argues that Barth’s late rejection of the concept of sacrament, explicated in the final volume of his Church Dogmatics, is not only at odds with his account of the nature and importance of sacraments presented earlier in the Church Dogmatics but subverts important elements of his theology as a whole especially the mediation of divine grace in preaching and the Bible. Bringing Barth into fruitful dialogue with Yves Congar, Yocum contends that the notion of sacrament is crucial to an account of the divine-human relation that respects the character of both agents.
This book provides a critical study of the main Christian doctrines as understood and explained by Thomas Aquinas. The whole Thomistic revival of the last century focused almost exclusively on Aquinas as the Christian philosopher. Thus books and articles developed his understanding of being, his epistomology, natural theology, etc. However little has been done, even to this day, by way of examining Aquinas’ teaching on the major Christian doctrines. This book of essays by an international team of recognised scholars will help fill this gap. Such a book will be indispensable in every theological library.
This book evaluates all the biblical commentaries of St Thomas Aquinas for the modern age with each commentary examined by an expert, specialist scholar in that field. Each chapter focuses on the two or three major themes of its particular commentary and also relates the themes of the commentaries to Aquinas’ Summa Contra Gentiles and especially to his Summa Theologica. The purpose of this volume is not only to evaluate Aquinas’ commentaries, but also, in so doing, to demonstrate that Aquinas is primarily a biblical theologian, a consideration that has come more and more to the fore in recent studies. No other book systematically addresses this important issue for Aquinas, biblical studies and theology.