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The Legacy of Aristotle

Alan C. Clifford

in Atonement and Justification

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198261957
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682254 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261957.003.0006
The Legacy of Aristotle

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The Protestant Reformers rejected the medieval scholastic theology in favour of a truly biblical one. In repudiating the speculations of the schoolmen they laid the foundations of a theology which, in both method and content, regarded the perspicuity of Scripture as axiomatic. In particular, the reformers shunned the kind of synthesis of divine revelation and human philospohy evident in the scholasticism of Thomas Aquinas. This chapter shows that Aristotle was the villain of the piece; no longer were the opinions of ‘the philosopher’ to be placed beside the authoritative utterances of ‘the apostle’.

Keywords: Aristotle; atonement; Protestant Reformers; scripture; scholasticism

Chapter.  6693 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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