American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 83, Issue 1, Winter 2009

Peter M. Candler, Jr.
Pages 141-152

The Alleged Thomism of Mark Jordan
A Review of Rewritten Theology

Mark Jordan’s recent book, Rewritten Theology, challenges the way in which the achievement of Thomas Aquinas has been both received and reformulated, often in order to serve particular theological and philosophical ends. It helps to unmask the often hidden presuppositions behind efforts to “police” Thomism, efforts which frequently require a revision and a rewriting of the texts of Aquinas themselves. At a time when it appears that there is a repristinization of the Thomistic “synthesis” reminiscent of Garrigou-Lagrange, this book is an auspicious reminder that such “synthesis” often comes at the cost of fidelity to the Master in whose name it is fashioned.

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