Book Series Bibliothèque de l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Sciences Religieuses, vol. 189

Reading the Church Fathers with St. Thomas Aquinas

Historical and Systematical Perspectives

Jörgen Vijgen, Piotr Roszak (eds)

  • Pages: 520 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:1 b/w, 4 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, French
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59320-3
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“The volume adds depth to the fields of biblical Thomism and Thomas’s use of the patristic tradition. Students of either field will find value in this compendium.” (SHAWN M. COLBERG, in The Thomist, October 2023, p. 700)




Piotr Roszak is Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology in the Faculty of Theology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland) and Associate Professor at the University of Navarra (Spain). He is an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas (Vatican).

Jörgen Vijgen is Professor of Philosophy at the Major Seminary of the diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam (Netherlands) and researcher at Faculty of Theology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland) and the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (Netherlands). He is an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas (Vatican).

Contributors: Serge-Thomas Bonino o.p., Carmelo Giuseppe Conticello, Cajetan Cuddy o.p., Gilbert Dahan, Franklin Harkins, Andrew Hofer o.p., Bryan Kromholtz o.p., Conor McDonough o.p., Ezra Sullivan o.p., Piotr Roszak, Anton ten Klooster, Jörgen Vijgen, Joseph Wawrykow.


In his richly documented and still valuable study of Aquinas and the Church Fathers, published in 1946, Gottfried Geenen, o.p. noted that the study of this aspect of Thomas Aquinas’s thought was just beginning to take place. More than seventy years later considerable progress has been made, both historically and doctrinally, not at least due to the technological advances in the area of the study of Aquinas’ writings. It has been argued both that Aquinas had a remarkable knowledge of a wide range of the Church Fathers and that he was actively engaged in acquiring new material from hitherto unknown Fathers. Due to Thomas’ profound commitment to both Latin and Greek patristic sources he was not only able to draw on the rich tradition of the past but also explore new possibilities and solutions. This commitment and interaction between tradition and speculative reason has led some to claim tentatively that one might characterize Thomas Aquinas’ theology as being ad mentem patrum

The goal of this volume is to explore ways to corroborate this claim. In order to do so, the contributions investigate the presence and use of the Church Fathers in Aquinas’ thought both historically and systematically.


Piotr Roszak, Jörgen Vijgen, Introduction

Gilbert Dahan, Jérôme dans les commentaires bibliques de Thomas d’Aquin

Carmelo Giuseppe Conticello, Theophylactus Latinus. La réception médiévale de Théophylacte de Bulgarie, source majeure de Thomas d’Aquin 

Piotr Roszak, How is the Patristic Method Shaping Sacra Doctrina in Aquinas?

Serge-Thomas Bonino o.p., Saint Thomas d’Aquin et les Pères de l’Église. Le cas de l’angélologie dans la prima pars de la Summa theologiae

Ezra Sullivan o.p., The Church Fathers’ Influence on Aquinas’s Account of Habitus

Cajetan Cuddy o.p., Isidore and Augustine in Aquinas’s Teaching on the Essence and Kinds of Law (ST I-II, qq. 90-91)

Joseph Wawrykow, The Fathers in the Summa’s Teaching about Grace

Anton ten Klooster, Aquinas and Augustine on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Andrew Hofer o.p., Aquinas’s Use of Patristic Sources in His Theology of Religious Life

Franklin T. Harkins, Christ’s Perfect Grace and Beatific Knowledge in Aquinas: The Influence of John Damascene

Conor McDonough o.p., Is Christ Head of the Church as Man? The History of a Problem between St. Augustine and St. Thomas

Jörgen Vijgen, The Patristic Sources of Thomas’ Treatise on Penance 

Bryan Kromholtz o.p., Reditus: The Eschatology of St. Thomas Aquinas and Eastern Patristic Sources