Having just finished a round of Church History in my seminary training, I found this posting to be of some significant interest. Thomas was an interesting fellow...A Dominican monk who’s life-long endeavor was to reconcile or synthesize the natural philosophy of Aristotle (had reemerged as a popular philosophical line) with Christian teachings in the Church.
I would equate this with today’s “post-modern” blend of humanism with Christianity that some call “emergent” church.
He is also know for rationalizing and promoting the Catholic Church’s selling of indulgences.
And then this bit from the posted article just finishes it off for me:
“The fourth and final reason is that Christ might free the just who were in hell”
The Bible is clear that Hell is for the unjust. So how could Christ have a need to literally rescue “just” people from Hell?
Today in our pro-chapter of Lay Dominicans (the, ahem, St. Thomas Aquinas pro-chapter) about 8 people will be making life-promises.
Let the dancing in the streets (and the slipping on the ice, which is whut we got here) begin!