Thursday, January 28, 2010

Calvinist theologian, John Gerstner, on St. Thomas Aquinas

In an essay entitled, "A History of Justification," the late Calvinist theologian John Gerstner (1914-1996) suggests to Catholics that they ought to follow St. Thomas Aquinas' teachings on the doctrine of justification: "Some Roman Catholics like to cry `Forward to the Middle Ages,' thinking that they there find authority for their antisolafideian doctrine. But Adolf Harnack insisted that if the medieval church had followed its favorite teacher, Thomas Aquinas, on justification, the Reformation would not have been necessary." You can read Professor Gerstner's entire piece here.

To those who are interested in exploring St. Thomas' work on justification, a nice place to start is with Daniel A. Keating's book chapter, "Justification, Sanctification, and Divinization in St. Thomas Aquinas," from the book Aquinas On Doctrine: A Critical Introduction, eds. Thomas Gerard Weinandy, Daniel A. Keating, and John Yocum (New York: T & T Clark, 2004). Interestingly enough, Catholic philosopher Bryan Cross has recently written a series of essays about the influence of St. Thomas's work at the Council of Trent (1545-1563), the Catholic Church's ecumenical council that responded to the challenges of the Reformation. You can read Cross' essays here (part 1), here (part 2), here (part 3), here (part 4), here (part 5), and here (part 6).

1 comment:

あじ said...

Sounds pretty much the same as saying that if Catholics had just read the Bible there would have been no need for a Reformation.