David A. Horner (D.Phil., Oxford University) is Professor of Philosophy and Biblical Studies at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Dr. Horner received an M.Phil. in Philosophical Theology and D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University. His primary research interests are in ancient and medieval philosophy, particularly ethics. He has published journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries in early Christian thought, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, C.S. Lewis, virtue ethics, ethical eudaimonism, aesthetics, worship, and apologetics. He is the author of Mind Your Faith: A Student's Guide to Thinking and Living Well (IVP Academic, 2011).
Thomas Aquinas’s classical, character-oriented accounts of ethics and of spiritual growth provide a particularly promising field of inquiry for exploring the vexed relationships between moral and spiritual formation. Aquinas’s accounts of both are grounded in his eudaimonism, i.e. his conception of human flourishing. I propose to develop a critical account of Aquinas’s conception of these matters, in order to shed light on contemporary considerations of character and spiritual formation.