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Ahistorical? What of historicism?

Started by Kephapaulos, August 01, 2021, 10:52:37 PM

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The neomodernists accused Thomism of being ahistorical, but is this a strawman argument? Would it not be actually ahistorical in the sense of viewing the faith as unchanging throughout history? Perhaps this is to do with the modernist notion of conforming the faith to the spirit of the age that involves changing its substance in its application.

Can the historicocritical method ever be used? Or is historicism different from looking at events in their historical context?

What are good books to read about the above? I imagine The Essence and Topicality of Thomism says something about these things.


Quote from: Kephapaulos on August 01, 2021, 10:52:37 PMis historicism different from looking at events in their historical context?
Humani Generis:
7. There is also a certain historicism, which attributing value only to the events of man's life, overthrows the foundation of all truth and absolute law, both on the level of philosophical speculations and especially to Christian dogmas.
Pascendi §§29ff. deal with "The Modernist as Historian and Critic".