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By Andrew Dean Swafford, Fr. Edward T. Oakes

Traditional knowledge has it that pondering on nature and charm between Catholic intellectuals used to be critically clouded via the paintings of Cajetan and his fellow Thomistic commentators from in regards to the 16th century to the eve of Vatican II. Henri de Lubac has rightly been given credits for pointing this out; and to all appearances, de Lubac's impression gained the day, as could be noticeable by means of the imprint of his suggestion upon not only the second one Vatican Council, but additionally the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. even though, in recent times, a brand new crop of Thomistic students has arisen who query no matter if de Lubac's notice on nature and style might be the final; consequently, the talk over the nature-grace relation, so heated at mid-twentieth century, has been stirred once more. Dr. Swafford the following deals a "third means" in terms of the nineteenth-century German theologian Matthias J. Scheeben who, for a few cause, hasn't ever fairly been thought of specially suitable to this debate. Swafford exhibits that Scheeben can trap the superior of either side, whereas while keeping off the attribute pitfalls so frequently alleged opposed to every one.

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