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    Matthew Gaetano, July 10, 2017
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Keckermann on Transubstantiation - by Matthew Gaetano For reasons that continue to perplex me, some of our readers still think that we at TRF don’t take seriously the fundamental theological debates of the Reformation. It seems to me that, while we are obviously interested in inter-confessional dialogue, we have also been quite clear about our conviction that the controversies of… Read More Keckermann on Transubstantiation
The Damnable Faith of the Papists - by Matthew Gaetano As we look back this year to 1517 and the rupture in the Western Church that took place in the first half of the sixteenth century, it is worth stating clearly that, though the Regensburg Forum has an interest in inter-confessional dialogue, we do not think that the Reformers and Trent were saying… Read More The Damnable Faith of the Papists
A Review of Jerome Zanchi (1516–90) and the Analysis of Reformed Scholastic Christology - by Jonathan Tomes The retrieval of Reformed scholasticism has been under way for some time now, yet very many gaps remain in its development in Reformed Orthodoxy. Preference for high and late orthodox theologians continues to obscure the full breadth and depth of the tradition. Such myopia sometimes results in confirmation bias in the interpretation… Read More A Review of Jerome Zanchi (1516–90) and the Analysis of Reformed Scholastic Christology
Vernacular Scripture in the Reformation Era: Re-examining the Narrative - by Trevor Anderson  I. The ‘Protestant Paradigm’ In this post I examine what historian Andrew Gow calls the “Protestant Paradigm” (PP) – a narrative regarding the status of popular piety and vernacular Scripture in the pre-Reformation era. Andrew Gow studied Reformation history under Heiko Oberman and is currently a professor of religious studies at the University… Read More Vernacular Scripture in the Reformation Era: Re-examining the Narrative
The True, the Good, and the Beautiful in Reformed Scholasticism - by Matthew Gaetano This title is a bit misleading because I only intend to offer brief remarks about Bartholomew Keckermann’s statements about the transcendental properties of being in his Compendious System of the Science of Metaphysics (1611). I hope that it helps to develop the remarks about scholasticism and the Reformed tradition from previous posts. A Reformed… Read More The True, the Good, and the Beautiful in Reformed Scholasticism
Cocq vs. Hobbes on the Church and Ministry - by Matthew Gaetano Dutch Calvinist (discussed elsewhere at TRF) Gisbertus Cocq opposes Thomas Hobbes’s view of the Church and ministry in his Anatomy of Hobbesianism. In reply to Hobbes’s teaching that there are as many churches as there are Christian kingdoms or republics, Cocq says, “If there exist particular churches, there necessarily also exists a universal… Read More Cocq vs. Hobbes on the Church and Ministry
What Exactly is Satisfaction in Aquinas? A short essay on a long note - by Jonathan Tomes Trevor does not say anything very controversial in his criticism of Pierced for Our Transgressions, not according to scholarship, but I hope in what follows to raise significant concerns about the state of relevant scholarship on Aquinas’s doctrine of atonement. I will not argue for a model or theory of penal substitutionary… Read More What Exactly is Satisfaction in Aquinas? A short essay on a long note
Scholastic Developments on Merit: A Downward Path into Pelagianism? - by Charles Raith II “The Schools have always gone from worse to worse, until at length, in their downward path, they have degenerated into a kind of Pelagianism.”[1] This is John Calvin’s summary assessment of the theological trajectory of medieval scholastic theology, and nothing captured this downward descent into Pelagianism like the doctrine of merit.… Read More Scholastic Developments on Merit: A Downward Path into Pelagianism?
A Note on Aquinas and Penal Atonement - by Trevor Anderson Elsewhere I’ve discussed two aspirations of New Calvinist theology: a commitment to clear thinking and argumentation, and competent engagement with relevant conversations (viz., “scholarship”). Here I’d like to note an instance in one prominent New Calvinist resource that falls short of these two ideals and so illustrates the need for more promising modes of inquiry and argument. Steve… Read More A Note on Aquinas and Penal Atonement
Between Regensburg and Vatican II: Historical Light and Theological Development - A Review of On the Road to Vatican II: German Catholic Enlightenment and Reform of the Church by Eric J. Demeuse The 1541 Diet of Regensburg—the namesake of this forum—proved a significant dialogue between Catholics and Protestants. Essential agreement was reached on a number of still contentious issues, though lamentably these agreements came to naught.… Read More Between Regensburg and Vatican II: Historical Light and Theological Development
Political Theology, Modernity, and Late Scholasticism - by Matthew Gaetano I expect that political theology and “modernity criticism” (or, perhaps better, criticism of modernity criticism) will become important themes for The Regensburg Forum. As we will see, this is not a turn from our fundamental mission of encouraging scholarly conversation between Reformed, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran Christians in the Augustinian tradition. Some of these… Read More Political Theology, Modernity, and Late Scholasticism
Peter Martyr Vermigli and the Scholastic Inheritance: Potentia Absoluta and the Voice of Nature - by Joshua Benjamins In my last post, I highlighted the sharply divergent conceptions of the proper role of philosophy which emerge in the course of Peter Martyr Vermigli’s controversy with Johannes Brenz over the ubiquity of Christ’s glorified body. Another intriguing element of this particular debate is the way the two men appeal to divine… Read More Peter Martyr Vermigli and the Scholastic Inheritance: Potentia Absoluta and the Voice of Nature

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