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Thomism or Calvinism?

Too often historians and philosophers will use the terms “Thomism” and “Calvinism” as contraries. While there are certain important points of difference between individual Thomists and Calvinists (isn’t that about the blandest of qualifications?), when it comes to the question of divine sovereignty and foreordination, the difference really is non-existent. To demonstrate, I only ask that you suspend your own googling abilities and consider this statement:

God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will  freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin nor is violence offered to the will of his creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.

Ok, go ahead and google away.

By Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the Rector of Christ Church Anglican in South Bend, Indiana. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a founding member of the Davenant Institute.