Why are evangelicals so unfamiliar with one of the greatest theologians in the history of the church, Thomas Aquinas? Is Aquinas a friend or a foe to evangelicals today? Was Aquinas first and foremost a philosopher or a theologian? Is the popular assumption that Aquinas was a rationalist really true? What advantages are there to embracing a Reformed Thomism?
In this episode of the Credo podcast, Matthew Barrett talks with Michael Allen to address many of the caricatures concerning Aquinas and to consider in what ways Aquinas might advance theology today. Michael Allen serves as the John Dyer Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean of Reformed Theology Seminary in Orlando. Previously, he taught at Knox Theological Seminary, where he held the D. James Kennedy Chair of Systematic Theology and also served as Dean of the Faculty. He has published many academic articles and books, including Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies, Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval in Theology and Biblical Interpretation (with Scott R. Swain), Sanctification, a volume in the New Studies in Dogmatics series, and Grounded in Heaven: Recentering Christian Hope and Life in God.