Sunday, January 27, 2008

Russell Kirk


The Protestant Kirk
While I agree that Kirk was not so much a Thomist as an Augustinian you will find that the Reformers were also men deeply indebted to Augustine. This does not necessarily mean that Kirk was closer to Protestants for Roman Catholics like Christopher Dawson were also deeply Augustinian (as was Tolkien) and they shared Kirk emphasis on the moral imagination. Of course, some of the Protestant Scholastics, like Peter Martyr Vermigli, Jerome Zanchius, and John Owen were Thomists. All were defenders of natural law as has been recently demonstrated by the Acton Institutes’ Stephen Grabill’s Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics...
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