Thomas Aquinas on Nature, Grace and Life in God


In his teaching on grace, thirteenth-century theologian Thomas Aquinas reflects especially on the Christian’s participation in God’s life by the “love of God poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 5:5). Aquinas argues that while this life of love is an activity of human nature, it occurs nonetheless by a divinely wrought transformation: a grace of healing and elevating by which grace the Christian may be said to share in a communion of love with God on His terms.


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Jordan Wales is assistant professor of theology at Hillsdale College. He received his B.S. from Swarthmore College, his M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh, a postgraduate diploma in theology from Linacre College at Oxford University, and his M.T.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.