I have to quote this, simply because it verifies a very important point; that Calvin’s Doctrine of God is Scotist not Thomist. Here Muller is discussing how Calvin conceived of predestination and election in Christ. I will just quote this quickly, and come back later (I just want this for future reference, and for all of you to see).

. . . Calvin must depart from a doctrine which examines the predestination of an abstract humanity which does not exist apart from the person of Christ. A similar redefinition of the predestination of Christ is seen in the theology of Bonaventure — who will apply the divine determination neither to the Word, since the divine Word disposes all things, nor to the human nature abstractly, but to the God-man as the foundation of the predestination of mankind to salvation. Calvin, I believe, goes farther still than this, but the underlying theological motivation is similar and the precedent, which places Calvin once again in continuity with Francisan and ultimately Scotist rather than Thomist thought, is significant.

— Richard Muller, “Christ and the Decree,” 37

We see themes in this quote of an-enhypostasis (have to explain later for those unaware, in fact just go here), and also Muller goes on and discusses Calvin’s extra Calvinisticum in re. to Christ’s mediatorship and the decree; all important points . . . we will have to discuss later. BUT, the most important point for me at the moment, is the one on establishing Calvin’s ‘Doctrine of God’ as ‘Scotist’ and not ‘Thomist’ — thanks, Richard!

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