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The Mother of The Saviour by Rev. Garrigou Lagrange O.P.
The Mother of The Saviour by Rev. Garrigou Lagrange O.P.
This is the finest book on Mariology I have seen. Garrigou-Lagrange is very thorough in his Thomistic presentation of Mary the Mother of God. Her dignity as God's greatest creature, surpassing all the angels, is rigorously defended from her Divine Maternity. From this starting point the other Marian doctrines are explained and defended, conceived without sin, the Assumption into heaven, etc.
GL covers the key points in Mary's life that were catylysts in her receiving even further grace, which she without any sin, would not impede. Every charitable act that Mary did was worthy of all merit possible, from the daily kiss on the forehead of the child Jesus to her co-suffering in Christ's… Read more
Ethica Thomistica Revised by Ralph Ncinerny
Ethica Thomistica Revised by Ralph Ncinerny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction, July 25 2003
McInerny offers a fine introduction to the ethics of Thomas Aquinas in this volume. While not a large book by any means, it is packed with information that is very valuable for one trying to understand the ethical principles of Aquinas. McInerny discusses natural law and the alleged "naturalistic fallacy", the difference between real and apparent goods, the notion of the Ultimate End as argued by Aristotle and Aquinas, the Thomistic structure of the human act (a series of will-acts of both the order of intention and the order of execution)the role of ignorance in human action, the Cardinal Virtues, and finally how conscience plays into all of the above (a conscience always binds but doesn't… Read more
The Difference of Man and the Difference It Makes by Mortimer J. Adler
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful, Jan. 7 2003
Dr Adler here gives us a fine presentation and analysis of animal cognition and how it corresponds with human knowledge. The relevant question to be answered is "Does man differ from the rest of the animal kingdom by degree or by kind, and if by kind is this difference radical or superficial?"
Basing his argument on the distinction between the animal's ability to perceptually generalize and human's ability to conceptually do so by means of "designators" in both connotative and their denotative snese; Adler, convincingly concludes that it is a difference in kind and that this difference is indeed radical. Man is a different "kind" of thing than the other creatures that inhabit our… Read more