Though the three most influential Reformed confessions (Westminster, Savoy, 2LCF) begin with Scripture, it may surprise the reader to learn that neither confession begins with Scripture as a stand-alone authority.
Therefore, according to Calvin, Christ prays according to His human nature in John 17:5, and the divine Persons remain sufficiently and really distinguished in virtue of the relations of origin.
God is far beyond our ways such that man must strain the outer limits of his language just to flick the hem of His robe (if that).
at minimum, we should be able to conclude from the evidence presented that Calvin held to the classical formulation of divine simplicity.
Contemporary Thomistic studies largely assumes the origins for Thomas’s doctrine “limitation of act by potency” is to be properly and neatly located in Aristotle’s corpus. According to W. Norris Clarke, however, such an assumption is misguided…
Why do we now turn a suspicious eye toward our forefathers? Have we really become skeptics? Confessional agnostics?
God’s Scriptural appeal is made to rational creatures. And when, by grace, a rational creature is made to accept and trust in the truth of Scripture, his rational appetites are not extinguished but improved.
Philosophy, then, is assigned to inquiry concerning the preambles of faith. And theology is assigned to inquiry concerning the articles of faith revealed through Scripture.
Allegedly, Thomas believed that if a man was sharp enough to do so, he could hypothetically reason his way into the gospel, so to speak.
In the below verbiage, it becomes clear that Benjamin Keach positively and helpfully employs Aristotle.