December 30, 2007

The Underappreciated Fr. William Most

I'm not that well-read on matters theological but I've always liked Fr. Most and thought him not as well known as he should be. As much as I like Scott Hahn, he (Hahn) tends to dodge grace/free will/God's sovereignty issues, while Most got his hands dirty, tackling the toughest issues known to man (boy I liked saying that monosyllabic word "man"... I get so tired of reading "human being" every fifth sentence in the politically correct New Jerusalem bible.)

Anyway, I just found a webpost (ht: Reginald) in which one of the pioneer web apolgists, Dave Armstrong, touts Fr. Most, calling him a "brilliant, underappreciated theological genius":
I think Fr. Most's remarkable "why didn't I notice that before?"-type solution is entirely satisfactory, since it accepts and incorporates paradox, human free will, divine sovereignty, universal divine salvific will, the profound mercy and love of our heavenly Father, and biblical analogy and parable alike. I believe that it (almost miraculously) resolves the continuing difficulties of both competing schools. It maintains the Thomist unconditional election before any consideration of merits, but also at the same time human free will, by making reprobation dependent on human rejection of God, without the instinctive discomfort which I feel about both traditional proposed explanations.
Makes me glad God kept Molinism and its variants an option - see Oligarch post at bottom of this link concerning Pope Clement VIII.

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