Chalice of God: A Systematic Theology in Outline Hardcover – 1 Apr 2012
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(1) The Chalice: Fr. Aidan Nichols gives to his system two principles of order, a philosophical and a theological. The philosophical principle is embodied in the image of "the chalice" and can be most simply stated by the following proposition: "Being is the most beautiful receptacle." (cf. Chalice of God, 2.1) Nichols expounds upon this principle and sheds light on it in a profound ontology which he develops in the second chapter.
(2) God, the Filler of the Chalice: After discussing his ontology and the fonts of divine revelation (Scripture and Tradition), Nichols unveils his theology, based on the theological principle of order given in the first chapter which can be simply stated as the following: "The heart of Christian revelation is found in the outpouring of plenitude on the world through the self-emptying of the Holy Trinity in Jesus Christ whereby a reconciling and deifying share in divine life is accorded us." (cf. 1.4.1)
Speaking as one who is typically influenced theologically by the Thomist tradition embodied, most especially, in St. Thomas's great 20th century disciple: Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, I do not consider praise given to one who claims to follow both St. Thomas and von Balthasar to be given lightly. However, I cannot but think that this work is both beautifully written, intellectually compelling, not to mention profoundly impacting the way I view theology.
[Disclaimer: I am a theological amateur, and as such I do not claim special expertise in this exalted science.]
Read the book. Love God. Love His Holy Bride, the Church. Get yourself some plenitude!