Facientibus Quod In Se Est Deus Non Denegat Gratiam

“To those who do what lies within them God denies not grace.”

My students sometimes wonder why I make them memorize this late-medieval expression associated with a Franciscan theologian. This is why:
(HT: Nick Davis)

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    • That’s a great read. Horton, per usual, sums it up very well. Now to get an Osteen fan to even consider reading it, that’s a tall order.

  1. It’s coincidental that you mentioned this. I got Oberman’s Harvest of Medieval Theology in today. I’ve noticed a lot of RCC and EO bloggers accuse the Reformation of nominalism, yet when I read Oberman and others on Biel and Co., it seems that the semi-Pelagians like Biel were the real nominalists, and not the Reformed guys.

    • Agreed.

      On what planet can the Reformers be called Nominalists (either philosophically or via moderna)?? The link between Ockham/Biel and Luther is explicit, but that’s part of what Luther was attacking (see 97 theses). That’s truly wild.

  2. And what is the part I must do before God does His part? And what is God’s part? Is it giving me my best life now or something about me, me and me.

    The Christians that were fed to lions were/are infinitely more blessed than the undiscerning Osteen flock.

    Those who cannot, do not or will not discern a false gospel are of no blessing at all.

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