Nova et Vetera

The English Edition of the International Theological Journal


Winter 2016 Vol. 14, No. 1



Romanus Cessario, O.P. Le goût du monde 1


Symposium on the Virtue of Religion

Reinhard Hütter. Happiness and Religion: Why the Virtue of Religion is Indispensable for Attaining the Final End, A Re-lecture of Thomas Aquinas with an Eye to His Contemporary Relevance 15

Bruce D. Marshall. Religion and Election: Aquinas on Natural Law, Judaism, and Salvation in Christ 61

Romanus Cessario, O.P. Sacrifice, Social and Sacramental: The Witness of Louis Billot, S.J. 127

F. Russell Hittinger. Religion, Human Law, and the Virtue of Religion: The Case of Dignitatis Humanae 151

Thomas Joseph White, O.P. The Universal Mediation of Christ and Non-Christian Religions 177



Carlos A. Casanova. Is There Divine Providence According To Aristotle? 199

Kevin M. Clarke. “Being Bishoped by” God: The Theology of the Episcopacy According to St. Ignatius of Antioch 227

Joseph K. Gordon. St. Thomas Aquinas “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth”: The Historical and Theological Contours of Thomas’s Principia 245

Matthew R. McWhorter. Aquinas and the Sins of Ignorance 271

Matthew Ramage. Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus and the Substance of Catholic Doctrine: Towards a Realization of Benedict XVI’s “Hermeneutic of Reform”  295


Review Essay

Michel René Barnes.  On The Unity of Christ by Christopher A. Beeley 331


Book Reviews

William E. Carroll. Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas by Michael J. Dodds, O.P. 343

Adam G. Cooper A Service of Love: Papal Primacy, the Eucharist and Church Unity by Paul McPartlan 347

Justus H. Hunter Incarnation Anyway: Arguments for Supralapsarian Christology by Edwin Chr. van Driel 349

Matthew Levering Dust Bound for Heaven: Explorations in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas by Reinhard Hütter 353

Bruno M. Shah, O.P.Aquinas at Prayer: The Bible, Mysticism and Poetry by Paul Murray  362

T. Adam Van Wart God the Father in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas by John Baptist Ku, O.P.  367

Kevin White Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths: Building the Bridge edited by Romanus Cessario, O.P., Craig Steven Titus, and Paul C. Vitz 371


Spring 2016 Vol. 14, No. 2



Reinhard Hütter. The Transcending Orthodoxy: Revealed Truth Authenticating Academic Freedom in the Catholic University 375

Paul Conner, O.P. IVF: Mayhem and Murder—Well Disguised 391

Symposium: What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?

Bryan Kromholtz, O.P. and Justin Gable, O.P Direct Service between Athens and Jerusalem: On the Purpose and Organizing Principles of the Dominican Colloquia in Berkeley 403

Robert Sokolowski .The Theology of Disclosure 409

Richard Schenk, O.P. Response to Robert Sokolowski 425

Linda Zagzebski. Omnisubjectivity: Why It Is a Divine Attribute 435

Bernhard Blankenhorn, O.P. Response to Linda Zagzebski 451

Edward Feser. From Aristotle to John Searle and Back Again: Formal Causes, Teleology, and Computation in Nature 459

Simon Francis Gaine, O.P. Response to Edward Feser 495

Michael J. Dodds, O.P. “Of All the Gin Joints . . .” Causality, Science, Chance, and God 503

Stephen A. Long. Response to Michael J. Dodds 527

John R. Searle. The Future of Philosophy 543

Michael J. Dodds, O.P. Response to John R. Searle 559

Alfred J. Freddoso. The Vindication of St. Thomas: Thomism and Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy 565

Thomas Joseph White, O.P. Response to Alfred J. Freddoso 585

Michał Paluch, O.P. Analogical Synthesis: An Impossible Project? 591

Matthew Levering. Response to Michał Paluch           609

John O’Callaghan. Can We Demonstrate that “God Exists”?619

Michael S. Sherwin, O.P. Response to John O’Callaghan 645

John O’Callaghan Epilogue: Reply to Michael S. Sherwin’s Response 653

Anselm Ramelow, O.P. Not a Miracle: Our Knowledge of God’s Signs and Wonders 659

Peter Junípero Hannah, O.P. The Metaphysics of Meaning: Applying a Thomistic Ontology of Art to a Contemporary Hermeneutical Puzzle and the Problem of the Sensus Literalis 675



Bruno M. Shah, O.P. Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape Our Common Life by Ryan N. S. Topping 699

Joshua Gonnerman. T & T Clark Companion to Augustine and Modern Theology edited by C. C. Pecknold and Tarmo Toom 702

Christopher T. Baglow. Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and Thomas Aquinas by Matthew J. Ramage      707

Kevin E. O’Reilly, O.P. Dynamic Transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, & Beauty from a Thomistic Perspective by Alice M. Ramos 712

Jonathan Martin Ciraulo. Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI edited by John C. Cavadini 716

Karina Robson. Aquinas and the Cry of Rachel: Thomistic Reflections on the Problem of Evil by John F. X. Knasas 720


Summer 2016 Vol. 14, No. 3



Cardinal Séan O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap Saint Ignatius, Saint Francis, and Pope Francis: Lenten Reflection for St. John Seminary Faculty         . 727

John Cuddeback. Reflections of a Green Thomist on Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ 735

Christopher J. Thompson. Laudato Si’ and the Rise of Green Thomism 745

Mark Reasoner. An Introductory Survey of the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s 2014 Document: The Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture     757



Gerald Boersma. “Let Us Flee to the Fatherland”: Plotinus in Ambrose’s Theology of Ascent         771

Joshua R. Brotherton. Toward a Consensus in the De Auxiliis Debate    783

Stephen Clark and Mark Whitters. The Patristic Origin of “Mutual Subordination”            821

Brian Doyle, O.P. “He descended into hell”: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Catholic Doctrine 845

Matthew J. Ramage. Benedict XVI’s Hermeneutic of Reform: Towards a Rapprochement of the Magisterium and Modern Biblical Criticism 879

Mark K. Spencer. Divine Causality and Created Freedom: A Thomistic Personalist View 919

Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. Trinitarian Principles of Biblical Inspiration            965


Book Symposium on Cyril O’Regan’s The Anatomy of Misremembering

Rodney Howsare. Why Hegel? A Reading of Cyril O’Regan’s The Anatomy of Misremembering, Volume 1             983

Guy Mansini, O.S.B. Hegel and Christian Theology   993

Anthony C. Sciglitano, Jr. Death in Cyril O’Regan’s The Anatomy of Misremembering     1003

Cyril O’Regan. Response to Readers of The Anatomy of Misremembering, Volume 1 (Hegel)         1015


Book Reviews

Daniel Keating. Jesus: Essays in Christology by Thomas G. Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap          1027

Matthew R. McWhorter. Scholarly Community at the Early University of Paris: Theologians, Education and Society, 1215–1248 by Spencer E. Young             1031

Matthew J. Ramage. The Salvation of Atheists and Catholic Dogmatic Theology by Stephen Bullivant               1034

John Rziha. Living the Good Life: A Beginner’s Thomistic Ethics by Steven J. Jensen       1040

John Skalko. Lying and Christian Ethics by Christopher O. Tollefsen    1045


Fall 2016 Vol. 14, No. 4


Most Rev. Charles Morerod, O.P. In Memoriam of Cardinal Cottier      1049



†Cardinal Georges Cottier, O.P. Prayer and the Fundamental Structure of the Faith           1051

Khaled Anatolios.  A Patristic Reflection on the Nature and Method of Theology in the New Evangelization    1067

Michael Heintz. Liturgy and Vocation           1083

James Keating. The Seminary and Western Culture: Relationships that Promote Recovery and Holiness               1099



Bernhard Blankenhorn, O.P. Aquinas on the Spirit’s Gift of Understanding and Dionysius’s Mystical Theology             1113

Adam G. Cooper. Freedom and Heteronomy: Maximus the Confessor and the Question of Moral Creativity             1133

Domenic D’Ettore. Thomas Sutton’s Doctrine of Analogy: Revisiting a Continuator of Thomas Aquinas               1153

Steven A. Long. Creation ad imaginem Dei: The Obediential Potency of the Human Person to Grace and Glory     1175

John Meinert. Alimentum Pacis: The Eucharist and Peace in St. Thomas Aquinas              1193

Kevin O’Reilly, O.P. God, the University, and Human Flourishing        1213

. Bernard N. Schumacher. Brain Death and Organ Removal: Revisiting a High-Stakes Question     1239


Review Essays

Guy Mansini, O.S.B. Christology in Context: Review Essay of Thomas Joseph White, O.P., The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology      1271

Jeffrey L. Morrow. Averroism, Nominalism, and Mechanization: Hahn and Wiker’s Unmasking of Historical Criticism’s Political Agenda by Laying Bare its Philosophical Roots   1293


Book Reviews

Christopher O. Blum. The Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas: A Sketch by Stephen L. Brock    1341

Ryan Connors. Healing for Freedom: A Christian Perspective on Personhood and Psychotherapy by †Benedict M. Ashley, O.P. 1345

Marek J. Duran. The Gospel of the Family: Going Beyond Cardinal Kasper’s Proposal in the Debate on Marriage, Civil Re-Marriage, and Communion in the Church by Juan José Pérez-Soba and Stephan Kampowski         1349

Jared Ortiz. Memory in Augustine’s Theological Anthropology by Paige E. Hochschild   1353

Matthew J. Ramage. Nature and Grace: A New Approach to Thomistic Ressourcement by Andrew Dean Swafford              1357

W. Brian Shelton. Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity by John Behr        1364