Aquinas and Alison on Reconciliation with God


  • Elizabeth Sextro



Reconciliation, Aquinas, Alison, Soteriology, Sin, Atonement


This paper compares the concept of reconciliation in the works of Thomas Aquinas and James Alison through a soteriological lens. For both authors, the problem of sin confronts humanity with grave implications for our salvation that cannot be fixed on our own; therefore, Christ must enact a new way for humanity to live in right relationship with God. The paper examines Thomas and Alison’s anthropologies through the lens of three questions regarding salvation: What does sin do to the human?; What does Christ have to do because of sin?; and finally, What does Christ enable humans to do in order that we may participate in reconciling ourselves to God? 




How to Cite

Sextro, E. (2018). Aquinas and Alison on Reconciliation with God. Lumen Et Vita, 8(1).