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By Charles Raith II

ISBN-10: 0198708254

ISBN-13: 9780198708254

Aquinas and Calvin on Romans is a comparative examine of John Calvin's and Thomas Aquinas's commentaries at the first 8 chapters of Paul's letter to the Romans. concentrating on the function of human participation in God's paintings of salvation, Charles Raith argues that Calvin's reviews of the "schoolmen" coming up from his studying of Romans fail to discover a objective in Aquinas's theology whereas Calvin's valuable optimistic affirmations are embraced via Aquinas in addition. Aquinas upholds many primary insights that Calvin may later additionally receive in his studying of Romans, akin to justification sola fide non merito (by religion by myself and never via merit), the centrality of Christ for salvation, the continuing imperfection of the sanctified lifestyles, the paintings of the Spirit guiding the believer alongside the trail of sanctification, and the reassurance of salvation that one obtains during the indwelling of the Spirit, to call just a couple of. much more, quite a few exact interpretations coming up of their commentaries makes it essential to think of Calvin's analyzing of Romans as appropriating a practice of interpretation that incorporates Aquinas. while, the nonparticipatory dimensions of Calvin's interpreting of Romans turns into transparent whilst set beside Aquinas's examining, and those nonparticipatory dimensions create problems for Calvin's interpretation, in particular on Romans eight, that aren't found in Aquinas's account. Raith hence indicates how Calvin's studying of Romans, specially because it relates to justification and benefit, may be augmented through the participatory framework mirrored in Aquinas's interpretation. The e-book concludes by way of revisiting Calvin's criticisms of the Council of Trent in gentle of those feedback.

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Both Aquinas and Calvin interpret the “I” of 7:14–25 as the graced Apostle Paul, but they provide different accounts of Paul’s struggle. ” Aquinas’s account supports his belief that justification transforms a believer into a just person even while the just believer continues to struggle with the flesh. Calvin’s account demonstrates why he is convinced that both believers and their works remain condemnable in se. To stand before God as just, then, requires for Calvin a justice extra nos.  The hinge upon which Aquinas’s and Calvin’s interpretations turn lies in Paul’s claim “There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus” (8:1).

For Calvin, Romans 1–3 sets forth what in many ways will be the teaching Paul continues to refer back to as the letter progresses:8 Romans 4 provides Abraham as an example of 6 The theme of the “life of grace” is pervasive throughout Aquinas’s commentary; cf. §104, 108, 486, 495, 605, 629, 633. 7 A. N. Williams captures this “seamless” movement when commenting on Aquinas’s teaching on charity: “The notion of perpetual growth [in charity] inherently suggests the seamless continuity of grace and glory, for it claims that there is a single development in the human person, which has a terminus quo but no terminus ad quem.

These are limitations on a participatory soteriology. Since Aquinas believes we can fulfill the law in the Spirit, and that justification consists of forgiving our sin and making us just persons, Aquinas says little about God’s judgment and emphasizes God’s promise keeping in bringing about our salvation through our participation in his salvific work: believers live lives that can stand in the presence of God. ” Aquinas engages 2:13 as part of Paul’s larger discussion regarding the necessity of grace for salvation (1:18–4:25),25 and at 2:13 Paul demonstrates that the Jews could not procure their salvation apart from Christ’s grace.

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