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

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

Jansenism and Augustinianism on the Irresistibility of Grace

by Matthew Gaetano Pierre Bayle (d. 1706), the rather enigmatic Huguenot writer who had a profound influence on the Enlightenment, expressed considerable frustration with the fine distinctions that often features in scholastic theology, whether Roman Catholic or Reformed. The Regensburg Forum seeks to take those details seriously, as it talks about those Calvinists, Thomists, Jansenists, and others… Read More Jansenism and Augustinianism on the Irresistibility of Grace