Thomas Aquinas (c.1224–74) was one of the most important Christian teachers in the period and though he was eclipsed in the centuries after, his work returned to prominence in the 16th–19th centuries particularly among Roman theologians, for whom Thomas became the theologian of the counter-Reformation. What you might not know, however, is that there were Protestant theologians in the 16th and 17th centuries who read, appreciated, and even quoted Thomas, e.g., the great Reformed theologians Girolamo Zanchi (1516–90) and Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) among them. David VanDrunen is Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. He did his doctoral work on Aquinas and teaches an elective course on Aquinas at the seminary. He is co-editor with Manfred Svensson of a collection of essays on Thomas, Aquinas Among the Protestants.
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