[Milton-L] PL and the sabbath, etc.

Dan Knauss daniel.knauss at mu.edu
Wed Dec 22 10:09:57 EST 2004

Thank you Professor Shoulston for that excellent summary, especially the
tie-in to Protestant thinkers. I know that some 19th and 20th-century
Calvinist theologians and philosophers continued the 16th-17thC tradition of
bypassing some patristic and classical anthropology in favor of restoring
what they see as a Hebrew (as opposed to Hellenic) model. I have wondered
what predecessors they may have had. Perhaps Luther--I recall that he
inisted on a non/anti-Platonic reading of Romans to understand what St. Paul
meant by carnal and spiritual. BTW, the Eastern Orthodox Christian
traditions are very platonic but anti-Aristotelian, but they don't seem to
have developed the anxieties about sex that pertained in the west. But to be
fair, Aquinas seems pretty moderate on the subject. -Dan Knauss

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> [mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of James Rovira
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> I love it when someone else grinds my axe.
> Jim Rovira
> Jeffrey Shoulson wrote:
> >  As the Church Fathers incorporated a dualistic ontology owing its 
> > origins to Platonic philosophy (among other things) that inevitably 
> > denigrated the value of the body--and by extension, the
> importance of
> > bodily pleasure--the rabbis responded by (re-)asserting the
> importance
> > of carnality in all its aspects.
> > Jeffrey Shoulson
> >
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