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Luther and Late Medieval Thomism

A Study in Theological Anthropology

by (author) Denis R. Janz

Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2009
Category
Lutheran, Medieval, Anthropology
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554587148
    Publish Date
    Dec 2009
    List Price
    $38.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780889201323
    Publish Date
    Feb 1984
    List Price
    $29.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554582358
    Publish Date
    Dec 2009
    List Price
    $29.99

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A careful analysis of Luther’s thought in the context of his age, this volume examines Luther’s links with later medieval Thomism. The study is organized on the theme of theological anthropology—the state of humans within a theological system. In the course of the discussion, Janz studies parallels and divergences between the thought of Luther and the thought of Thomas Aquinas, Peter Lombard, John Capreolus, Henry of Gorkum, Conrad Koellin, Karlstadt, and Cajetan. Janz suggests that at some crucial points late medieval Thomist teaching misrepresents the teaching of Thomas Aquinas. This, compounding Luther’s lack of direct knowledge of Thomas, helps to explain Luther’s opposition not only to his own nominalist teachers but to the scholastics generally.

Students of late medieval and Reformation theology will find the wealth of primary citation and the detailed readings of the sources invaluable guides to the issues. Students of religion interested in contemporary problems in theological anthropology, in the natural capacity of humanity for good and evil, for example, will find the historical Christian perspective of great interest.

About the author

 

Denis Janz received the Ph.D. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, in historical theology. He teaches in the religious studies department of Loyola University, New Orleans and has published articles on late medieval and Reformation topics in various scholarly journals.

 

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