The Protestant Philosophical and Theological Heritage of Thomas Aquinas

September 26, 2017
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In 2017, Wiley-Blackwell published Aquinas Among the Protestants, edited by Manfred Svensson and David VanDrunen. Manfred Svensson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Andes, Chile. His research has focused on Augustine, the idea of things indifferent (adiaphora), and on the history of toleration. His most recent book is Reforma protestante y tradición intelectual cristiana. David VanDrunen is the Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Divine Covenants and Moral Order: A Biblical Theology of Natural Law.

From the publisher’s description of Aquinas Among the Protestants:

The Protestant philosophical and theological heritage of Thomas Aquinas 

This major new book provides an introduction to Thomas Aquinas’s influence on Protestantism. The editors, both noted commentators on Aquinas, bring together a group of influential scholars to demonstrate the ways that Anglican, Lutheran, and Reformed thinkers have analyzed and used Thomas through the centuries. Later chapters also explore how today’s Protestants might appropriate the work of Aquinas to address a number of contemporary theological and philosophical issues. 

The authors set the record straight and disavow the widespread impression that Aquinas is an irrelevant figure for the history of Protestant thought. This assumption has dominated not only Protestant historiography but also Roman Catholic accounts of the Reformation and Protestant intellectual life. The book opens the possibility for contemporary reception, engagement, and critique and even intra-Protestant relations and includes: 

  • Information on the fruitful appropriation of Aquinas in Anglican, Lutheran, and Reformed theologians over the centuries 
  • Important essays from leading scholars on the teachings of Aquinas 
  • New perspectives on Thomas Aquinas’s position as a towering figure in the history of Christian thought 

Aquinas Among the Protestants is a ground-breaking and interdenominational work for students and scholars of Thomas Aquinas and theology more generally.