From Adrian Pabst. “The Primacy of Relation over Substance and the Recovery of a Theological Metaphysics.”

“Since its inception, the reception and transformation of Greek metaphysics by Christian theology has of course been highly controversial. Tatian, one of Justin Martyr’s disciples, argued that the Christian truth was immediately accessible and in any case infinitely superior to Greek cosmology. It was of course Tertullian who warned against the ‘wretched Aristotle’ and wondered, ‘what then hath Athens in common with Jerusalem?’ Speaking for many Christians theologians during and after his lifetime, he asserted that ‘we have no need of speculative inquiry after we have known Christ Jesus; nor of search for the Truth after we  have received the Gospel. When we become believers, we have no desire to believe anything besides; for the first article of our belief is that there is nothing besides which we ought to believe.’ This sort of scriptural absolutism also shaped the medieval theology of St. Bernard and St. Peter Damiani, in particular the growing emphasis on potentia Dei absoluta as separate from potentia Dei ordinata, which was later retrieved and extended by John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham. Taken together, these developments were instrumental in the emergence of the early modern division of philosophy and theology and the split of Protestantism from Catholic orthodoxy. Thus does Pope Benedict XVI attribute the separation of reason from faith and the demise of Christendom to the dehellenization of Christianity – the root cause of rationalism run amok and the rise to power of militant secularism and religious fundamentalism.”

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