This book offers a new reading of Aquinas views on faith. The author argues that the theological nature of faith is crucial to Aquinas thought, and that it gives rise to a peculiar and otherwise incomprehensible relationship with reason.
The first part of the book examines various modern and contemporary accounts of the relationship between faith and reason in Aquinas thought. The author shows that these accounts are unconvincing because they exhibit what he calls a Lockean view of faith and reason, which maintains that the relationship in question should only be treated by way of evidence. In other words, this view ignores the specific nature of the Christian faith and the equally specific way it needs to relate to reason. The second part offers a comprehensive account of Aquinas view of faith. It focuses on the way the divine grace and charity shape the relationship between evidence and human will. The final part of the book ties these ideas together to show how Christian faith, with its specifically theological nature, is perfectly compatible with rational debates. It also argues that employing the specificity of faith may constitute the best way to promote autonomous and successful rational investigations.