I am quite sure that this is not the end of the story. Although Luther denounced much of medieval scholasticism, he found several medieval writers appealing, both for their emphasis upon the authority of Scripture, and their commitment to an individual-centered notion of justification.
For Oberman, the nominalist ideas of late medieval scholars such as Gabriel Biel had a profound impact on all sixteenth-century theologians, from Luther and Calvin on the iustitia Dei to the Council of Trent on the interpretation of grace and merit.
Davis On August 29,a year-old Philip Melanchthon gave his inaugural address at the University of Wittenberg. This volume is particularly helpful in pointing out the acres of unexplored terrain on the topic of the reformers and the many varieties of medieval theology.
Probably the most wide-ranging and stimulating essay comes at the very end of the collection: Svensson and VanDrunen Wiley,9.
Perhaps most important was the influence of humanist and Protestant theologian Peter Vermigli, a professor at Oxford University in the s, and a mentor to men who would one day become clerics and bishops in the Church of England.
The result is a series of persuasive and erudite studies of Reformation ideas more from a medieval than a modern perspective.
My point here has not been to elaborate on all of the possible continuities between the classics, medievals, and the Reformation, but rather to make the point that a strong degree of influence and inspiration between the Middle Ages and the Reformation exists.
Davis, Seeing Faith, Printing Pictures: Also, in order to better understand the Reformation, we need to become better students of the medieval authorities.
If key reformers like Luther, Calvin, Vermigli, and Hooker relied upon medieval thinkers like Bernard, Aquinas, Ockham, and Bradwardine, then we must begin to understand the Reformation as much as a medieval development as a revival of classical learning.
Recently, in his study of Martin Bucer, Nicholas Thompson offered a much-needed response to this sealing-off tendency in regard to sacramental positions, by focusing as much on similarity as on difference between the variety of sacramental theologies.
When we orient our historical narratives in this way, too much emphasis is placed upon their individual opinions NB: Religious Identity during the English Reformation Brill,54— Bernard Westminster John Knox Press, About the Author David Davis, Ph.
For example, when Calvin cites Augustine more than any other authority, it is easy to treat these two thinkers in a hermetically sealed vacuum, disregarding the millennia of scholarly conversation with Augustine before Calvin. More and more, scholarship demonstrates that the reformers, as much as they rebelled against certain aspects medieval thought, relied upon medieval sources for their own insights and innovations.
Nevertheless, despite contemporary scholarship by Bauckham, Lane, etc. John Calvin and the Mysticism of St.
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