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A smoking gun is in the references that John Calvin makes to Thomas Aquinas in his own book, The Institutes of the Christian Religion (II.11.4 and III.22.9). This is evidence that Calvin at least knew of Aquinas, which suggests that Aquinas' most important work had reached France or Switzerland and that he would probably have read it. Mark J. Larson says ...


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"He thinks it does not, preferring to say that the Church formally recognized what everybody already knew." "to what extent "the Church" is present here as a single entity." -It seems like Calvin is assuming the Church consisted of a group of people who mostly agreed with each other instead of the hodgepodge that existed in the first few centuries. ...



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