Metaphysics in the Reformation
The Case of Peter Martyr Vermigli
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 176
Width: 16.3 cm
Height: 24.2 cm
This monograph bridges two discourses that so far have remained largely separate: debates about how and why secular modernity emerged, and Reformation studies. In telling the history of secularity, scholars have often focussed on late medieval shifts concerning the God-world-relationship (metaphysics). But how does the Reformation fit into this history? This book answers this question by investigating the implied metaphysics of the Reformation. To do so, it first proposes a new approach for studying the God-world-relationship in works which are not explicitly metaphysical, which is the case for most Reformation sources. Secondly, it applies this methodology to the work of one lesser known, but important reformer, Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499 - 1562), concluding that his work simultaneously inhabits two different models of understanding the God-world-relationship. The book concludes by highlighting the significance of this finding for understanding the Reformation and its place in the history of secularity.
I would recommend this work for anyone interested in the theology of Peter Martyr Vermigli or the metaphysics of the Reformation more broadly. * Thomas Haviland-Pabst, Theology and History * A worthwhile read. * James Clark, North American Anglican * Beautifully written and lively * Andrew A. Chibi, Reading Religion * Regardless of what one takes to be the greatest import of Aspray's study... it will undoubtedly be of interest to students of Vermigli. More broadly, her proposed methodology for discerning the metaphysical commitments of authors who do not explicitly speak of metaphysics as such is promising and deserves to be widely considered in virtue of the light it could shed on the Reformation at large, making this book a worthwhile read. * James Clark, The North American Anglican *