Thursday, March 05, 2009

Soli Deo Gloria

Soli Deo Gloria, (Glory to God Alone), is the subject of my first peer reviewed article on Called to Communion. Since posting will be light here until I return, I thought I'd share it.
it does no good to quote the Catholic Catechism saying, “Our justification comes from the grace of God,” or “Grace is first and foremost the gift of the Spirit who justifies and sanctifies us,” if Christians in the Reformed tradition object on the ground that the Catholic Catechism also says, “Indeed we also work, but we are only collaborating with God who works, for his mercy has gone before us.” But this is not a quotation from the council of Trent or Vatican I or even Aquinas; this is St. Augustine! At this fateful point where Reformed theology and Catholic doctrine collide with uncompromising force, the Catholic Church unambiguously preserves the ancient and precisely Augustinian doctrine, and this should not be lightly dismissed by anyone who claims that the Bishop of Hippo was a forebearer of Reformed soteriology.
Read the whole thing here: Soli Deo Gloria, a Catholic Perspective.


Joseph said...

I've seen some commentators on a few Reformed blogs use the phrase "Ah, Snap!" after they perceive a victory point granted to the Reformed side in the debate style of CNN's Crossfire or Fox New's Hannity and Colmes.

I don't even know what in the hell it means...


Ah, Snap!

Joseph Bolin said...

Nice article. Another point of contact in terms of language is the gloss on Romans "sola fide" or "sola fides".

"His faith, i.e., [faith] alone, without exterior works, will be reckoned unto righteousness, i.e., that by faith he be called righteous, and receive the reward of righteousness, just as he had had done works of righteousness." (Emphasis added)

"reputabitur fides eius, scilicet sola sine operibus exterioribus, ad iustitiam, id est, ut per eam iustus dicatur, et iustitiae praemium accipiat, sicut si opera iustitiae fecisset." (Commentary on Romans ch. 4, lec. 1)

Apparently Luther, who nearly always mentions Thomas Aquinas negatively, had not read this passage in Aquinas.