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Jeffrey D. Johnson

The Failure of Natural Theology: A Critical Appraisal of the Philosophical Theology of Thomas Aquinas

$28.00 USD $40.00 USD

Coming September 15, 2021

224 pages
6" x 9"

With his usual breadth of knowledge and insight, Jeffrey has given Thomas and natural theology an even-handed assessment. I found this book to be incredibly helpful. I especially urge pastors to open and digest this important book.

—Dr. Brian Borgman

Jeffrey makes a compelling argument that we should pause in our embrace of the “Angelic Doctor." He explains that Thomas was an innovator in his day who was deviating from the classical theology he received. In doing so, he made a fatal flaw at the root of his theological method that produced an inferior fruit.

—Dr. Ryan L. Rippee

Johnson provides a necessary and needed warning to those who would wish to baptize Aquinas as an evangelical. Pastors and scholars alike will greatly benefit from this deeper and broader survey of the philosophical theology of Thomas Aquinas.

—Jonathan J. Routley, Th.M.

Johnson’s scholarly but gracefully readable text shows that his intellect notwithstanding, Aquinas’s mingled metaphysics, mixed methodology, and promotion of “divine immobility” merit strong caution. This is the book the church has needed on this subject. It is an urgent read by one of our best theologians.

—Dr. Owen Strachan

Jeffrey Johnson has provided the church of Jesus Christ with a solid and insightful study of Thomas Aquinas. The author has done the necessary spadework and gets down into the details of Thomas’s thought regarding natural theology and he writes clearly and compellingly. Future work on the significance of Thomas will necessitate reckoning with the argument set forth herein.

—Dr. Jeffrey C. Waddington

If you’re entertaining contemporary calls to wed your Reformed theology to Thomism, I urge you to read Jeff’s judicious critique.

—Dr. Robert Gonzales Jr.

Jeff’s book is a welcome contribution to the debate that is and should be going on in Reformed circles about the value of Thomism in general and the usefulness of his natural theology in particular.

—Dr. Sam Waldron