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Aquinas and the Supreme Court


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Bibliographic Note xiv

List of Abbreviations xvii

1 Aquinas on the Supreme Court - and on the Bible, or How to Read This Book 1

Part I Aquinas on the Failure of Natural Law 23

2 What Aquinas Thinks We Cannot Know 25

3 How God Moves Creatures: For and Against Natural Law 63

4 How Aquinas Reads Scripture 97

5 How the Law of Nature Is a Character in Decline 118

6 How the Narrative Sexualizes Nature's Decline 147

Part II Aquinas on the Redemption of Natural Law 177

7 How Aquinas Gets Nature and Grace Back Together Again: Aquinas Meets Karl Barth 179

8 How Faith and Reason Follow Glory 215

9 How Aquinas Makes Nature Dynamic All the Way Down: Aquinas Meets Judith Butler 232

10 How the Spirit Moves the Law 247

11 How Natural Science Becomes a Form of Prayer 265

12 How the Semen of the Spirit Genders the Gentiles: Rereading Romans 289

Conclusion: Questions Answered and Unanswered 298

Subject Index 305

Index of Thomistic Citations 313

About the Author

Eugene F. Rogers is Professor of Religious Studies andFaculty in Women s and Gender Studies at the University ofNorth Carolina at Greensboro. He has taught at Princeton, Yale,Shaw University Divinity School, among others, and has heldnumerous fellowships. He is author or editor of five booksand many articles and translations. In 2010, ChristianCentury named his book Sexuality and the Christian Bodyamong essential reading published in the past 25years.


A must for the theological-college library,this is not a book that can be ignored by anyone interested in thisfascinating and deeply influential Dominican. (Church Times, 17 January 2014) This book will be particularly useful for graduatestudents in philosophy and theology. Summing Up:Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduatestudents. (Choice, 1 November 2013)

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