Medieval masters Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eckhart considered problems inherent to speaking of God, exploring how religious language might compromise God's transcendence or God's immanence ultimately hindering believers in their journey of faith seeking understanding. Going beyond ordinary readings of Aquinas and building a foundation for further insights into the works of both theologians, this book draws out the implications of the thought of Eckhart and Aquinas for contemporary issues, including ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, liturgy and prayer, and religious inclusivity. Reading Aquinas and Eckhart in light of each other reveals the profound depth and orthodoxy of both of these scholars and provides a novel approach to many theological and practical religious issues.
Anastasia Wendlinder received her doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in Systematic Theology, her Masters of Arts in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union and her Bachelors of Arts in psychology and sociology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She currently serves on the Religious Studies faculty of Gonzaga University and Co-Directs the Graduate Program in Religious Studies. Anastasia’s areas of expertise include the theologies of Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eckhart, Sacramental and Liturgical Theology, Ecumenical Dialog and the Theology of the Second Vatican Council.