Tag Archives: Scottish Journal of Theology

Covenant or Contract

I’m very interested in reading this. Has anyone a copy they might share?

Covenant or Contract?: A Study of the Theological Background of Worship in Seventeenth-Century Scotland

Update: Thanks to the many who responded.

Augustine and the Reformation

A new essay in the latest Scottish Journal of Theology probes the connection between Augustine and the Reformation.  If you have a subscription, give it a read.  If not, here’s the abstract

The work of Alister McGrath and Julius Kostlin challenges the often-cited claim regarding Luther’s dependence on Augustine. The article demonstrates that such critics fail to recognise the rich diversity of the African father’s thought, but have been inclined to read it systematically the way the Roman Catholic interpretative tradition has. Text study of Augustine’s writings, as well as Luther’s comments about the African father, reveals that the Reformer’s insights about soteriology (including the externality and passivity of righteousness as well as other aspects of his dialectical thinking) are affirmed by Augustine. Likewise, even Luther’s critiques of Augustine lend insight into the Reformer’s appropriation of his thought. The article demonstrates that when Luther diverges from the African father the two men are addressing incompatible pastoral concerns, but when he is inspired by Augustine their pastoral contexts are similar. This insight sheds fresh light on the sense in which we can speak of an Augustinian character of the Reformation. The article’s findings also lend further credence to the possibility that there is a pattern to the use of Christian concepts in the history of the church, whereby, in similar contexts such as in response to perceived Pelagianism, Christians have pretty much responded similarly throughout the centuries.

Augustinian origins of the Reformation reconsidered