Justice and Charity

An Introduction to Aquinas's Moral, Economic, and Political Thought

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Michael P. Krom
  • Ada, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , July
     256 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Christians are called to be in the world but not of it, yet the divisions between them often show how much they interpret the faith through the lens of their political affiliations or cultural assumptions. Michael Krom argues that those who want to heed the church's call to engage our culture need to look to the past. In particular, they should familiarize themselves with the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.

This book introduces readers to Aquinas's moral, economic, and political theory, both because he is a superb teacher and because his system of thought provides an interpretive key to the church's engagement with contemporary society. Krom differentiates between philosophy (justice) and theology (charity) within each of the three branches of Aquinas's theory of human living. He shows how Aquinas's thought offers an integrated vision for Christian participation in the world, equipping readers to apply their faith to the complex moral, economic, and political problems of contemporary society.

Written in an accessible style by an experienced educator, the book is well suited for use in a variety of undergraduate courses and provides a foundation for understanding Catholic social teaching.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Michael P. Krom is professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he serves as director of Benedictine Leadership Studies.


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