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

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

Natural Theology in Reformed Orthodoxy (or Dangerous Junius)

by Jonathan Tomes We observed a few weeks ago that, for Franciscus Junius, a Reformed Orthodox scholastic and humanist, supernatural grace elevates nature, perfecting nature beyond its natural capacities, even from the beginning. Such seemed an appropriate beginning, as this is a sometimes controverted point between Protestant and Roman Catholic theologians, even from the early… Read More Natural Theology in Reformed Orthodoxy (or Dangerous Junius)