Someone asked a philosophy professor why he had converted from Protestantism to Catholicism: “Why is it always the philosophy professors?”
Said the philosophy professor, “We’re all just peeping Thomists.”
Well, it does sometimes go the other way: scholastically trained philosophers have been known to go from Rome to the Evangelical church.
One might be forgiven for thinking, though, that the reason for the disproportionate number of philosophers moving from Protestantism to the unreformed is the ease with which a certain kind of philosophizing converts itself into what Luther called “theology of glory”.
Well, sure, Peter. I just thought the turn of phrase, “peeping Thomists,” was humorous.
While it may be that some philosophizing converts are led astray by a “theology of glory,” some theologizing converts and apologists on the other side have the same problem, focused on a different area of substance. Some of this particular philosopher’s most vicious critics are philosophical boneheads themselves, and appear to always be pulling themselves up to glory by the virtue of their supposed superior “love of Truth” and the supposedly pure insights into Scripture that it gives them.
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