December 10, 2003

Imitation of Aquinas

Interesting idea in Bernard Cottret's Calvin: A Biography, which I've been reading and enjoying (certain passages are tremendously well-written). In a passage about Aquinas' Imitation of Christ, he suggests a precursor of what for me is one of the most difficult of Calvin's theological ideas, that of predestination:

If the concept of the sacrifice of Mass reappears in later Catholicism, the picture of salvation presented in the same text also anticipates predestination as it would later be theorized in Calvinism. "'It is I who should be praised in all my saints,' says Jesus, 'I who should be blessed above all and honored in every one of those whom I have thus elevated to glory and predestined, without any preceding merit on their part.'"

Posted by Ideofact at December 10, 2003 11:20 PM