Understandings of nature and grace in John Milbank and Thomas Aquinas

Michael Mawson

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John Milbank is one of the most recent and arguably most radical proponents of an understanding of nature as graced. This article critically examines Milbank's understanding of nature and grace, specifically as elaborated within his reading of Thomas Aquinas. In the first part I outline Aquinas's most direct discussions of nature and grace in the Summa Theologica, drawing attention to several central, albeit subtle, distinctions that these contain. In the second and third parts, I examine Milbank's reading of Aquinas in Truth in Aquinas, and whether it adequately reflects and negotiates Aquinas's distinctions. On this basis I argue Milbank's reading, while drawing attention to some important and often neglected areas of Aquinas's thought, ultimately remains limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-361
Number of pages15
JournalScottish Journal of Theology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


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