Hegel the Protestant Aquinas?

Howard Kainz recently asked the questions why Hegel wasn’t for Protestantism what Aquinas was for Roman Catholicism. Kainz is right on when explains Hegel’s understanding of the relationship between philosophy and theology places theology as a secondary discourse. Protestantism has always treated philosophy as a secondary discourse looking to theology to provide answers to questions pertaining to reality, knowledge, and ethics. This has caused Protestantism to look primarily to its theologians for insight into speculative matters. This is just to say that it isn’t characteristic of Protestantism to look to a Philosopher (or theologian for that matter) as a teaching “Magisterium.” In Protestantism only the Holy Spirit has that authority.   

I appreciated Kainz’s article. My only complaint is that he does not reference the quotes that he uses.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s