Philosophia Christi

Volume 12, Issue 1, 2010

R. J. Snell
Pages 7-28

Thomism and Noetic Sin, Transposed
A Response to Neo-Calvinist Objections

In this essay I argue that Thomas Aquinas is not as naively optimistic about the noetic effects of sin as is often portrayed by standard neo-Calvinist objections. Still, his metaphysics of the human person requires some development to better explain the mind’s impairment by sin, a development made possible by the work of Bernard Lonergan and the resulting Lonergan/Aquinas (L/A) model of the noetic effects of sin.