The Beautiful Madness of Vladimir Soloviev: Russian Wisdom and Dignitatis Humanae

by Andrew Kuiper ‘Bella idea, ma fuor d’un miracolo, é cosa impossible’ (a beautiful idea but, short of a miracle, impossible to carry out).  This was the response of Pope Leo XIII to Vladimir Soloviev’s (1853-1900) program for ecclesial-political unity between East and West. It is certainly an understandable skepticism given the sprawling scope of… Read More The Beautiful Madness of Vladimir Soloviev: Russian Wisdom and Dignitatis Humanae

Concluding Thoughts on Dignitatis Humanae

This is Steven Wedgeworth’s response to Thomas Pink’s concluding remarks. It is the final essay in a four-part debate between Thomas Pink and Steven Wedgeworth on the historical and conceptual coherence of Dignitatis Humanae, and thereby the traditional Catholic teachings on church and state. The previous installments are: Pink: Tyranny, Contradiction or Continuity: A Reformed-Catholic… Read More Concluding Thoughts on Dignitatis Humanae

Dignitatis Humanae – A Leonine Balancing Act

This is Thomas Pink’s concluding argument in a series of exchanges on Dignitatis Humanae. His kick-off essay can be found here (along with an introduction to the overall debate), with a response essay here from Steven Wedgeworth. Next week, Wedgeworth will make his final arguments. I have presented a Leonine interpretation of Dignitatis Humanae – an account that… Read More Dignitatis Humanae – A Leonine Balancing Act

Design by Committee: the Challenge of Reading Dignitatis Humanae Aright

This is part II in a debate between Thomas Pink  and Steven Wedgeworth (Roman Catholic and Reformed, respectively) on Dignitatis Humanae and Catholic teaching on religious liberty and coercion. Part I may be found here, along with a short introduction and context for the debate. Steven Wedgeworth – Christ Church in Lakeland, Director for the Davenant Trust Professor… Read More Design by Committee: the Challenge of Reading Dignitatis Humanae Aright

Tyranny, Contradiction or Continuity? A Reformed-Catholic Debate on Dignitatis Humanae and Religious Liberty

The editors of The Regensburg Forum are pleased to host an exchange between Dr. Thomas Pink and Pastor Steven Wedgeworth on the coherence and historical context of the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on the state’s obligations to facilitate true religion, specifically as expressed in the most comprehensive and authoritative of its modern documents, Dignitatis Humanae. Wedgeworth recently… Read More Tyranny, Contradiction or Continuity? A Reformed-Catholic Debate on Dignitatis Humanae and Religious Liberty

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