"God's Love and Mercy: In Scripture, in the Church, and in Human Conscience"
Vu Thi Tho, S.J. (Vietnam)
Master of Arts (M.A.) major in Theological Studies with field of specialization in Biblical Theology
Adviser: Fr. Renato Repole, S.J., S.T.D.
This manuscript is a collection of four major theological research papers in the field of biblical study. The collection generally focuses on understanding God’s love and mercy from different perspectives. The first essay explores this theme under God’s covenantal relationship with humans in the Old Testament, specifically through the covenants with Abraham and Moses. It argues that God’s love and mercy is especially shown through His covenants with His chosen people. The second essay explores God’s love and mercy from another perspective through the marriage covenant between Hosea and his wife. Their marriage serves as an analogy and speaks of how God loves and shows mercy to His unfaithful people. The third essay focuses on God’s love and mercy as embedded in the life of the Church. It focuses on the very meaning of “mercy” as frequently used by biblical authors and theologians, arguing that mercy is not only the vivid image of God but also of the Church. Hence, the Church is called to mediate this mercy to her people and to the world. The last essay focuses on the concept of conscience as a human response to God’s love and mercy. It also expounds on its role in moral action and highlights the holistic view of conscience by the Catholic Church, responding to some challenges of our time like individualism and pragmatism.
Date of Oral Defense: June 22, 2018
Board of Examiners: Fr. Rogel Anecito Abais, S.J., S.T.D. cand., Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J., S.T.D., and Fr. Oliver Dy, S.J., S.T.D.