Judged by the Law of Freedom explores a paradox central to orthodox Christianity-the assertion that human beings are responsible for their own salvation yet inescapably dependent upon God for their deliverance. Christianity's attempt to maintain both these truths simultaneously has been a focal point of serious and recurrent tension throughout the Church's two thousand year history. Judged by the Law of Freedom proposes a resolution for this paradox founded upon the metaphysical apparatus offered by St. Thomas Aquinas.
Richard H. Bulzacchelli is a member of the Theology Faculty at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. He received an M.A. in Christian Philosophy from Marquette University, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Providence College, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Dominican House of Studies.
Part 1 Dedication Part 2 Contents Part 3 Preface Part 4 Acknowledgments Part 5 Introduction Part 6 Part 1. The Paradox of Faith and Works: Reconciling Divine Causality with Human Free-Will and Merit Chapter 7 1. Stating the Problem: Human Achievement or Divine Causality? Chapter 8 2. A History of the Faith-Works Controversy Part 9 Part II. A Resolution of this Paradox in the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter 10 3. Aquinas on Causality in Nature and Grace Chapter 11 4. Aquinas on Merit in Nature and Grace Part 12 Concluding Remarks: The Present Study and the Challenge of Ecumenical Dialogue in a Post-Modern Society Part 13 Bibliography Part 14 About the Author