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De Absentia Propositionum: Concerning the Status of “Epistole” and Content of Future Posts

July 25, 2010

This last year has thrown many things my way, things that have taken most of my time to manage, and of course these things have kept  me from blogging in the traditional manner (i.e., at least a few posts per week). I also must admit that I am a bit uncomfortable with the word “blogging.” It seems to connote “keeping a diary” or “whining about the status quo” or more fitting in my case “talking to oneself while making frequent use of a Thesaurus.” No matter the connotations behind the word “blogging” I am not ready to abandon the process of immediate personalized media publication that blogs make available. I do not think “blogging” has to mean the things I listed above. The one thing that does make this blog a bit less (or more) than a blog is the frequency and length of posts. From now on, though it has been this way for the past year, publications on this blog will occur around once a month and will perhaps exceed the length of a typical blog post (again, nothing new). So, “Epistole” will be more of a blog/periodical than a blog/weekly.

The content of posts here will still address the same topics: Medieval philosophy, Protestant Scholasticism, and issues of the Reformation & Renaissance. New topics that I will explore are the precursors, both Medieval and Modern, to the Scientific Revolution, and that of Early Modern philosophy, specifically the resurgence of the science of Metaphysics in Germany, Poland, and Bohemia leading up to the 17th century. The following is a list of upcoming topics of discussion that will be appearing here within the next few months:

1. A few posts on Melanchthon

  • On his doctrine of salvation: I’ll ask if “synergist” is an appropriate referent for his theology and if his soteriology differs significantly from Calvin’s.
  • On his use of natural philosophy: What was Melanchthon’s attitude to natural philosophy and how did his influence contribute to new ideas in this area?
  • Within the same “science” as the last item, I plan on doing a chapter-by-chapter review of Suchiko Kusukawa’s book on Melanchthon, The Transformation of Natural Philosophy: The Case Of Philip Melanchthon.

2. On Melanchthon’s contemporary at Tübingen, Jacob Schegk and his Tractationem physicarum et medicarum tomus unus in which he demonstrates a Platonic philosophy through his doctrine of “plastic nature.”

3. On Peter Martyr Vermigli’s notions of moral and venial sins and conscience as a faculty of preparation in relation to his doctrine of Iustificatio.

4. Jonathan Edward’s notion of Christian happiness and its similarity to that of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas.

5. On Clemens Timpler’s Metaphysicae systema methodicum libri v, making frequent use of Joseph Freedman’s The Life, Significance, and Philosophy of Clemens Timpler 1563/4-1624. In this post I will examine what makes Timpler’s metaphysics unique and how it relates to similar works by Keckermann, Goclenius, and Alsted.

Other shorter posts will most likely occur in order to present smaller quotations/translations from primary source material that I find interesting or beneficial. And, I will most likely modify some of these topics along the way as my own research reveals further connections between ideas, events, and significant thinkers. My goal for this blog is still to bring a greater appreciation for the Reformed faith through examination and explanation of the primary sources, and in the process to shed light on the Early Modern period in general. Any comments, corrections, or additions along the way are still greatly encouraged.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Tim Enloe permalink
    August 7, 2010 1:33 pm

    Sweet! I’m very much looking forward to these posts!

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