The Primacy of God: The Virtue of Religion in Catholic Theology

The Primacy of God: The Virtue of Religion in Catholic Theology

By R. Jared Staudt
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In today's world, the concept of justice toward God is rarely acknowledged and frequently foreign. Much more debated is how God might impede or motivate social justice. R. Jared Staudt's The Primacy of God is a significant intervention. Staudt argues, with the help of St. Thomas Aquinas, that it is critical for both contemporary society and contemporary Catholic theology to return to the traditional view of God as the one to whom all human and social action must be directed, and to reclaim religion as the virtue that directs all other virtues toward God.

Staudt not only reminds readers of the old philosophical and biblical concept of worship as a natural law demand, but he also shows how Christian liturgy, as an embodiment of Christ's high priesthood, is the grand fulfilment of natural and biblical worship.

As a result, Staudt defends religion as necessary for the virtue of love. Staudt then criticises modern theologians such as Karl Barth, who stated that religion is essentially idolatrous, and Karl Rahner, who said that love of neighbour is the highest moral act. Staudt also addresses religious truth in light of the multiplicity of religions, enlisting the help of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Joseph Ratzinger, as well as the relationship of religion to the evolution of culture, enlisting the help of the famous Catholic social historian Christopher Dawson.

The Primacy of God is a much-needed book that should set the course for Catholic theology in the twenty-first century.
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