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Francisco Suárez as Dogmatic Theologian

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Most contemporary scholarship on Francisco Suárez focuses on his contributions to metaphysics and law. Suárez only began publishing when he was in his early forties. His first published works reflected on theological topics drawn from courses he had been teaching, and they were written as commentaries on Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae, a common practice among theologians of Baroque scholasticism. A systematic exposition of the dogmatic theology of Suárez would require a book-length treatise. This chapter discusses four of Suárez contributions to dogmatic theology. First, there are Suárez's contributions to Mariology. Many Marian scholars today consider him to be "the founder of systematic Mariology". Suárez also makes a significant contribution to Christology in his treatise De Incarnatione. The third major contribution of Suárez is in his theology of grace. The fourth contribution to dogmatic theology can be found in Suárez's ecclesiology.

Keywords: Christology; dogmatic theology; Francisco Suárez; metaphysics; natural law



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