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Mylius on Elleboogius: A Fatal Misinterpretation

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This chapter focuses on the main thesis of R.A. Mylius' article. Jumping over the federal and pietistic (even mystic) motifs in Elleboogius' theology, it addresses the issue that Mylius thinks to be basic for understanding the whole of Elleboogius' theology, namely that "the federal motif in his theology ultimately rests on his understanding of synchronic contingency". His main arguments for this thesis, however, rest on a superficial and naive reading of Elleboogius' main and mature work, his Disputationes de Tetragrammato. The chapter shows that careful analysis of the modal logic used by Elleboogius in this work reveals that in some crucial passages in this work, he changed his mind and said goodbye to Scotus' theory of synchronic contingency and thus that it is not appropriate to presume that he maintained his commitment to Scotistic synchronic contingency during his whole life, as Mylius seems to suppose.

Keywords: Disputationes de Tetragrammato; Elleboogius' theology; R.A. Mylius; Scotus' theory; synchronic contingency



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