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Scholasticism And The Problem Of Intellectual Reform

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Van Asselt has good reasons to see things as he does. While the present article applauds van Asselts accomplishments and underscores the significance of his publications, it questions his appraisal of scholasticism. It takes van Asselts unqualified rehabilitation of scholasticism as a valuable theological tool. The article asks whether an all-out defense of scholasticisms methodological validity, thereby suggesting a kind of neutrality, does not inevitably draw one into a theological apology of sorts, thus complicating if not compromising ones church-historical task. It discusses the problems with the view of scholasticism as a method merely processing intellectual reform and hence devoid of theological content as such. The author sees it as a fitting scholastic tribute to have the viewpoint of an eminent magister challenged by a younger colleague, given that both have the express aim to further scholarship in their designated areas.

Keywords: intellectual reform; scholasticism; Van Asselt



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