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Thomas Aquinas's Biblical Commentaries and the U.S. Supreme Court
Eugene Rogers, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
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Aquinas and the Supreme Court: Race, Gender, and the Failure of Natural Law in Thomas’s Biblical Commentaries (Book)
Title: Aquinas and the Supreme Court: Race, Gender, and the Failure of Natural Law in Thomas’s Biblical Commentaries
Author: Eugene F. Rogers, Jr.
Abstract: This book critiques turn-of-the-21st-Century natural law theory by its founding text, using Aquinas's own commentaries on the Bible. Exploring newly translated or untranslated commentaries, Rogers compares the passages where Aquinas's systematic works quote the bible with Aquinas's own biblical commentaries on the passages he cites. Avery different understanding of natural law emerges, in which Aquinas embeds all law, even the law of nature, not in a particular logic, but in a particular story. Aquinas places natural law in a narrative of God's dealings with Jews and gentiles. The narrative uses sexual metaphors to explain, not how natural law would work, but why it fails. The commentaries describe a nature that differs by ethnicity, varies over time, and changes sexuality by God's decree. This challenges current uses of Aquinas's natural law from both sides of several debates, both liberal and conservative.
Primary URL: https://www.worldcat.org/title/aquinas-and-the-supreme-court-race-gender-and-failure-of-natural-law-in-thomass-biblical-commentaries/oclc/827852608&referer=brief_results
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Secondary URL: https://www.amazon.com/Aquinas-Supreme-Court-Biblical-Narratives/dp/1118391160
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Access Model: It's a book. You can buy the book or get it from a library. The publisher also allows electronic access to individual chapters.
Type: Single author monograph
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