Thomas Aquinas on the Development of Doctrine

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Almost all scholars deny that Aquinas had an account of development of doctrine and most also believe that his theology is simply incompatible with doctrinal development. As a result, Aquinas's theology has fallen out of favor with many contemporary theologians rightly concerned with doctrinal development. The author argues the Aquinas's account of the nature of the articles of faith as derived from Scripture excludes any exhaustive understanding of revelation thereby opening the door to development. Aquinas foreshadowed aspects of the logical, organic, and historical approaches to development of doctrine elaborated by later theologians.


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Kaczor, Christopher. “Thomas Aquinas on the Development of Doctrine.” Theological Studies, vol. 62, no. 2, May 2001, pp. 283–302.