All Dominican

20.10.2016

Thomas’s theological identity is all Dominican, even if by no means are all Dominicans recognizable from a common profile, theological or spiritual. Meister Eckhart, who shared a teacher with Thomas in Albert the Great, could hardly differ more from Thomas in spirit, in style, and in some important matters of theological substance. To say that Thomas Aquinas is “all Dominican” is therefore not to say that he is stereotypically Dominican. There is no Dominican theological stereotype, the Dominican rule being a positive encouragement to diversity, personal and theological.

—Denys Turner, Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait