Philosophical Works: On the Relation of Philosophy to Theology

Philosophical Works: On the Relation of Philosophy to Theology

Philosophical Works: On the Relation of Philosophy to Theology

Philosophical Works: On the Relation of Philosophy to Theology

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This volume is devoted to Vermigli's philosophical writings, consisting of topics from commentaries with sections on: reason and revelation; body and soul; knowledge of God; providence, miracles, and responsibility; and freewill and predestination.

Excerpt

The Peter Martyr library presents a series of English translations of the chief works of Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) together with scholarly notes and introductions. Martyr spent most of his adult life as an Augustinian Canon in Italy before he converted openly to Protestantism and fled Italy in 1542. Almost no writings survive from his Italian years. Very quickly his early lectures on the Old Testament at the Strasbourg Academy (1542–47) earned him a reputation for erudition and clear thinking. He spent his next six years as Regius Professor of Theology at Oxford, where he lectured on Romans and First Corinthians until the accession of Queen Mary drove him back to Strasbourg. There he lectured on Judges as well as Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. Increasing pressure from Lutheran pastors who controlled the Strasbourg church led Martyr to transfer to Zurich in July of 1556. Aside from a trip to France to participate in the Poissy Colloquy of 1561, Vermigli spent his last six years at Zurich, lecturing on the books of Samuel and Kings. There Vermigli also published controversial works against Richard Smith on celibacy, against Stephen Gardiner on the eucharist, and against Johann Brenz on the two natures of Christ. During his twenty years in northern Europe he also wrote many lesser works. By his death he was widely regarded as the most acute and learned Reformed theologian after John Calvin. the posthumous publication of several biblical commentaries only enhanced his reputation, and the demand for his works remained strong until 1630.

This is the fourth volume in the Peter Martyr Library. the first volume brings together two of Martyr’s early writings and a later apologetic for his apostasy. the second volume is a translation of his Dialogue on the Two Natures in Christ, which Martyr wrote some sixteen months before his death. It is Vermigli’s finest controversial work. the third volume, Sacred Prayers Drawn from the Psalms of David, presents the reformer leading his students at Strasbourg in prayer. These three volumes are fairly short; most subsequent volumes in the series will be considerably longer.

This fourth volume brings together several treatises of Martyr, which illustrate how philosophy and theology interact in his writings. Vermigli’s use . . .

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