Doting Thomists: Evangelicals, Thomas Aquinas, and Justification

Beckwith, Francis
July 2013
Evangelical Quarterly;Jul2013, Vol. 85 Issue 3, p211
Academic Journal
Over the past several decades, some Evangelical philosophers and theologians have embraced the metaphysics, epistemology, and natural law theory of Thomas Aquinas (1225-74), despite that fact that historically some of the leading lights in Evangelicalism have rejected Aquinas's views because they believed these views are inconsistent with classical Reformation teaching. Some of these Evangelical Thomists have argued that on the matter of justification Aquinas is out of step with Tridentine and post-Tridentine Catholicism though closer to the Protestant Reformers. This article argues that such a reading of Aquinas is mistaken, and that Aquinas's understanding of justification is of a piece with his both his predecessors (Augustine, Council of Orange) as well as his successors (Council of Trent, Catechism of the Catholic Church)


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