The Beatific Vision and the Eucharist in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas

Dr. Lawrence Feingold brings us a Catholic’s perspective on Thomas Aquinas and the important connection between his doctrines of the Eucharist and the Beatific Vision. Dr. Feingold is Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He is the author of The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion and The Natural Desire to See God According to St. Thomas and His Interpreters.

Dr. Feingold expresses the deep congruence between Thomas’s metaphysic and doctrines of the Beatific Vision and Eucharist. Rather than treating different loci of his theology and philosophy as disparate elements, it is much better and more appropriate to embrace Thomas as a monumental thinker developing an organic whole.

While we have deep differences with the Roman Catholic tradition, we found this conversation to be utterly stimulating and instructive. Our understanding of Thomas and Catholicism was sharpened, and we trust listeners and viewers will benefit from careful consideration of Dr. Feingold’s teaching.

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Ted Kijeski

1 year ago

Fascinating discussion. I can’t quite tell whether your guest has an accent, some sort of mild verbal tic, or whether it is simply the poor audio quality on his end. Any thoughts?

Lance Kinzer

1 year ago

Was really take by the question at the end of the show asking Dr. Feingold to affirm that Thomisim is an “airtight system.” His firm, gracious (and I think persuasive) explanation as to why the premise of that question was incorrect, seems to me worthy of significant reflection as “Christ the Center” continues discussing Aquinas.

Ben Roberts

9 months ago

In this episode, it seemed as if Dr. Feingold, in explaining the Catholic conception of the mass, emphasized the transubstantiation of the human nature of Christ onto the elements. Having recently listened to Episode 458 about “The Second Commandment and Images in Worship”, is there any connection between the abstraction of the human nature of Christ in an image of him (as mentioned in that episode) and the emphasis of the human nature of Christ in the mass?


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