The Promise of Christian Humanism:
Thomas Aquinas on Hope
by Dominic F. Doyle
Crossroad, 248 pages, $34.95
Dominic F. Doyle offers a creative defense of the Christian humanism of Gaudium et Spes , which seeks to blend two ideas that critics such as the liberal theologian Gordon Kaufman have not always found compatible: the transcendence of human nature proposed by the Christian faith and a humanist commitment to human flourishing in the present life. Doyle, associate professor of systematic theology at Boston College, finds the key to affirming both these ideas in Thomas Aquinas explication of the theological virtue of hope.