Of Hope, Considered in Itself
After treating of faith, we must consider hope and
- hope itself;
- the gift of fear;
- the contrary vices;
- the corresponding precepts. The first of these points gives rise to a twofold consideration:
- hope, considered in itself;
- its subject.
Under the first head there are eight points of inquiry:
- Whether hope is a virtue?
- Whether its object is eternal happiness?
- Whether, by the virtue of hope, one man may hope for another's happiness?
- Whether a man may lawfully hope in man?
- Whether hope is a theological virtue?
- Of its distinction from the other theological virtues?
- Of its relation to faith;
- Of its relation to charity.