Our inaugural MTS class was featured recently in the Loyola College Update. The Theology Dept is really proud of our cohort, and very pleased to see them get some recognition here.
Prof. David Decosimo has recently published an article, entitled “Intrinsic Goodness and Contingency, Resemblance and Particularity: Two Criticisms of Robert Adams’s Finite and Infinite Goods” in Studies in Christian Ethics 25.4 (November 2012): 418-441.
Here’s an abstract:
Robert Adams’s Finite and Infinite Goods is one of the most important and innovative contributions to Christian ethics in recent memory. This article identifies two major flaws at the heart of Adams’s theory: his notion of intrinsic value and his claim that ‘excellence’ or finite goodness is constituted by resemblance to God. I first elucidate Adams’s complex, frequently misunderstood claims concerning intrinsic value and Godlikeness. I then contend that Adams’s notion of intrinsic value cannot explain what it could mean for countless finite goods to be intrinsically valuable. Next, I articulate a criticism of his Godlikeness thesis altogether unlike those he has previously addressed: I show that, on Adams’s own account of Godlikeness, a diverse myriad of excellences could not possibly count as resembling God. His theory thus fails to account for a whole world of finite goods. I defend my two criticisms against objections and briefly sketch a more Aristotelian and Christian way forward.
If you’ve been wondering what happened to our lectionary reflection series, never fear! We return this week with commentary by Loyola prof. Fr. Joseph Rossi, SJ.
The Gospel reading for Sunday follows Jesus’ confrontation with the disciples over greatness in the kingdom (v. 33). The incongruity of the disciples’ conversation, of course, is in the fact that it comes immediately after Jesus’s announcement that he, the Son of Man, will soon die as a consequence of betrayal “at human hands” (v. 31). He will rise again. But tall this seems to elicit only fear and ignorance from the disciples (v. 32). Jesus, always the good teacher, uses a child nearby as an illustration of what ought to be the object and manner of their faith. The disciples’ work ought to be oriented around welcoming children in Jesus’ name, an implicit contrast to their aspirations for greatness.
And speaking of doing things in Jesus’ name… Continue reading
Congratulations to Dr. Steve Fowl on the recent publication of his new commentary on Ephesians!
a post by MTS student, Justin Hagerman.
This summer, as we incoming Loyola MTS students were preparing to begin our course of study, we were asked to read and reflect on a sermon by the late Herbert McCabe, O.P. I found “The Mystery of the Cross” to be a fascinating sermon because it helps us think about the nature of God’s love for us by exploring His love for the Son.
McCabe asks why Jesus had to die on the cross. His answer is that Jesus died from being human.While Jesus’ death on the cross might appear a failure, in actuality, it is a victory over the power of evil in the world. By overcoming death, Jesus overcame the world’s rejection of him. Continue reading
“Reason demands that the Father and Maker exercise care for that which has come into being. After all, both a father aims at the safety of his children, and a craftsman aims at the preservation of what has been constructed, using every means at their disposal to repel all that is injurious and harmful, while desiring to provide in every way that which is advantageous and profitable. BUT there is no affinity between that which did not come into being and the one who did not make it. It is a worthless and unhelpful doctrine, bringing about a power-vacuum in this cosmos, just like (what happens) in a city, because it does not then have a ruler or magistrate or judge, by whom everything is lawfully administered and regulated.”
Philo, On the Creation of the Cosmos according to Moses (trans. David Runia, Brill, 2001).