A Reformation History Lesson

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Throughout the Middle Ages, the Western church was discussing and debating the nature of justification. The reformers really believed that the popular (and, by the mid-sixteenth century, official) Roman Catholic position was self-salvation. By "Roman Catholic," I don't mean what's going on at your local Catholic church today. Rather, it is to the medieval position that I refer, the Roman Catholic theology that was represented in the Council of Trent in 1545-1563. What then were the medieval positions on this doctrine? Thomas Aquinas, the great Catholic theologian of the mid-thirteenth century, had a ...

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