The Essence & Topicality of Thomism
Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.
The Essence & Topicality of Thomism

Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., explains why Thomism is the solution to the present crisis of Modernism in the Church. The problem: The indications of the current crisis in the Church have “been not of a crisis of faith, but of a very grave malady of the intellect, which conducts itself on the tracks of liberal Protestantism and through relativism to absolute skepticism.” Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange’s solution: Thomism. “Thomism corresponds to the profound needs of the modern world because it restores the love of truth for the sake of truth itself. Now, without this love of truth for itself, it is not possible to obtain true infused charity, the supernatural love of God for the sake of God Himself, nor to arrive at the infused contemplation of God sought for Himself, that is, at the contemplation that proceeds from the living faith enriched by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, first of all, knowledge and wisdom.”

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Part I.
The topicality of Thomism and the needs of our times
I. Recent deviations
II. The excellence of Thomism
III. Objections
Part II.
The doctrine of actuality and potentiality and its applications according to St. Thomas
I. What is potentiality and why must it necessarily be really distinct from actuality?
II. Applications in the Order of Being According to the Ascendant Way
III. Applications in the order of being according to the descendant way
IV. Applications in the Order of Operation According to Both the Ways, Analytic and Synthetic
Appendix 1: The Twenty-Four Fundamental Theses of Official Catholic Philosophy
Commentary on the Theses
Appendix 2: The Structure of the Encyclical Humani Generis
The primary generator of the errors indicated in the Encyclical.
I - Contemporary relativism and the various dogmas
II - What does the Encyclical say regarding these diverse problems?
Appendix 3: Biography of Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange
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