Terminology Tuesday: Thomism, neo-Thomism

Thomism refers to the teachings of Thomas Aquinas and the subsequent philosophical and theological schools that were based on his thought. The twentieth century revival of Thomism, known as neo-Thomism, took two major forms: transcendental Thomism (represented by Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan) accommodates the major concerns of Thomism with insights from Immanuel Kant, whereas neoscholastic Thomism (represented by Etienne Gilson and Jacques Maritain) seeks to recover and reaffirm a “pure version” of Aquinas’s original teachings.

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki &, Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 114

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Brian Mason