After treating of faith, we must consider hope and (1) hope itself; (2) the gift of fear; (3) the contrary vices; (4) the corresponding precepts.
The first of these points gives rise to a twofold consideration: (1) hope, considered in itself; (2) its subject.
Under the first head there are eight points of inquiry:
A Whether hope is a virtue?
A Whether its object is eternal happiness?
A Whether, by the virtue of hope, one man may hope for another's happiness?
A Whether a man may lawfully hope in man?
A Whether hope is a theological virtue?
A Of its distinction from the other theological virtues?
A Of its relation to faith;
A Of its relation to charity.