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Rather than offer a synthesis of Thomistic ethics, Jordan insists that we read Thomas as theology to discover the unification of Christian wisdom in a pattern of ongoing moral formation. Jordan supplements his close readings of the Summa with reflections on ThomasÃ¢ÂÂs place in the history of Christian moral teachingÃ¢ÂÂand thus
his relevance for teaching and writing in the present. What remains a puzzle is why Thomas chose to stage this incarnational moral teaching within the then-new genres of university disputationÃ¢ÂÂthe genres we think of as Ã¢ÂÂScholastic.Ã¢ÂÂ Yet here again the structure of the Summa provides an answer. In JordanÃ¢ÂÂs deft analysis, ThomasÃ¢ÂÂs minimalist refusal to tell a new story except by juxtaposing selections from inherited philosophical and theological traditions is his way of opening room for GodÃ¢ÂÂs continuing narration in the development of the human soul.
The task of writing theology, as Thomas understands it, is to open a path through the inherited languages of classical thought so that divine pedagogy can have its effect on the reader. As such, the task of the Summa, in Mark JordanÃ¢ÂÂs hands, is a crucial and powerful way to articulate Christian morals today.
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