The Sapiential Dimension of Theology according to St. Thomas
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2011
© 2011 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2011 The Dominican Council.
Volume 93, Issue 1045, pages 309–323, May 2012
How to Cite
Morrissey, P. (2012), The Sapiential Dimension of Theology according to St. Thomas. New Blackfriars, 93: 309–323. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2011.01419.x
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2011
- St. Thomas Aquinas;
- sapiential theology;
In the wake of the (almost) universal rejection of neo-Thomism after the Second Vatican Council it was normal to view St. Thomas's theology within the prism of certain stereotypes. A particularly favoured generalisation said that in Thomas's theology Aristotle had trumped the Bible turning theology away from its principle source and power. In recent years however there has been a renewal in what this paper argues is a more holistic reading of St. Thomas focussing especially on his sapiential understanding of theology. Names synonymous with this renewal are Torrell, Emery, Pinckaers, Cessario, and Levering. It is the purpose of this paper to highlight the source of this more sapiential reading of St. Thomas by discussing four key dimensions of his understanding of theology: 1) what Thomas means by wisdom 2) the contemplative nature of theology 3) the unitive nature of theology 4) the importance of prayer and holiness for theology.