The Decline of Confessional Orthodoxy & Rationalism

Leaving behind Reformed Orthodoxy, a trajectory much of Western theological thought is still on, resulted from a fundamental shift in philosophical patterns of thought. New Rationalism, espoused by men like Leibniz and others, would eventually lead theologians away from confessional commitment to a more loose retainment of Reformed principles. Philosophy would be moved from an … Continue reading The Decline of Confessional Orthodoxy & Rationalism

Superadded Gift or Concreated Gift?

The Roman Catholic notion of the donum superadditum (superadded gift) teaches that, at creation, God created man––body and soul. But because creation requires the gracious sustainment of the Creator, it would, in theory, slip off into non-being (non-existence) without His adding sustaining grace. Therefore, man in his essential parts––both body and soul––are in conflict with one … Continue reading Superadded Gift or Concreated Gift?

The Aquinas Papers: God Is Eternal

Abstract: Thomas Aquinas purposed to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of God's attributes insofar as when we predicate something of God, viz., eternality, then we say more than, "God is eternal." Rather, for Aquinas, if God is eternal, He must also be necessary, pure act, and divinely simple––other things follow as well. Yet, for Aquinas, our language … Continue reading The Aquinas Papers: God Is Eternal