Sunday, March 6, 2011
My book collection keeps growing, and growing! The good news is I have been spending more time reading. My Catholic University order just came in and I just finished reading the first essay in a fantastic book titled "Ressourcement Thomism." The book is composed of 14 essays by Thomistic scholars celebrating the life work of Father Romanus Cessario, OP. Reinhard Hutter is the author of the first essay titled, "Transubstantiation Revisited: Sacra Doctrina, Dogma, and Metaphysics. It is a superb essay on the metaphysics of St. Thomas and how it applies to the definition of transubstantiation as it was defined by the Catholic Church. Dr. Hutter discusses the consequences of denying the core metaphysical principles St. Thomas uses, and the Council of Trent I might add used them as well, to arrive at the definition of transubstantiation. The language employed by later theologians was influenced heavily by modern philosophy, which no longer recognized these core metaphysical principles, hence language and definitions of terms and words many times no longer expresses the same belief defined by the Church at Trent. Hutter addresses the problems of Ockham, and Scotus' views along with the later Cartesian theologians of Italy and France. In short this essay is packed with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the subject. I look forward to reading the rest of the essays contained in the book. Other scholars include, Matthew Levering, Romanus Cassario OP, Thomas Joseph White OP, Lawrence Dewan OP, Stephen Brock, Matthew Lamb and Dr. Steven Long among others. This is a book that you will go back to again and again.