Just arrived: Jaarboek 2003!
This 22nd yearbook of our Thomas Institute contains a number of interesting and stimulating studies, focusing on the thought of Thomas Aquinas.Two smaller contributions are connected to dissertations prepared by members of our Institute, Eric Luijten and Mark-Robin Hoogland, which are reflected by Lambert Leijssen, professor in Sacramental Theology of the University of Louvain and Jan Muis, professor in Systematic Theology attached to the Utrecht University.
Apart from their interest in the thought of Thomas Aquinas the main contributions have in common that they all are written by graduate students. Stefan Mangnus, attached to the Thomas Instituut where he works with Herwi Rikhof, is engaged in a research project that studies Aquinas' conception of faith in his commentary on John. Mangnus' contribution focuses on Aquinas' exegesis of the Johannine story concerning Jesus curing the son of a royal official (Jn 4, 43-54).
In the springsemester of 2002 four graduate students in systematic theology did a course with Harm Goris, lecturer in systematic theology at the Catholic Theological University of Utrecht, and member of the Thomas Instituut. Bosman, Jellema, Van Leeuwen and Moons studied what Aquinas has to say on miracles. One particular aim of the course was to learn how to write a contribution for a scholarly periodical. Our readers may judge whether they succeeded, bearing in mind, however, that Goris took care of the final reading.
Jude Chua Soo Meng (University of Singapore) addresses a subject that is at home in Dutch theology, namely the Schillebeeckx concept of contrast experiences: the human experience of suffering and evil, of oppression and unhappiness which is the basis and source of a fundamental 'no', 'this must not go on'. Geert ter Horst studies in the philosophy department of the University of Nijmegen, under the guidance of Ad Vennix, lecturer in philosophy. In this yearbook, Ter Horst offers his critical understanding of Aquinas' theory of hylomorphic substance: does it imply an ontological dualism?
The editorial committee hopes to have prepared yet another interesting volume of the Yearbook of the Thomas Institute. Let us express the wish that the growing interest in the Utrecht work on Aquinas may translate in a growing interest in the Yearbook as well.