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Why Thomas Aquinas Is Important

Thomas Aquinas was a profoundly influential thinker from the thirteenth century. As a scholastic, Aquinas sought to understand Christian theology in light of the rediscovery of Aristotle’s works, and he redefined the relationship between revelation and reason, science and theology, and faith and philosophy for the next eight centuries. As a philosopher, Aquinas developed principles of just war and natural law, and outlined an argument for God’s existence from contingency—the intellectual forerunner to the modern Argument from Design.

During the Reformation, Aquinas’ influence waned. Calvin and Luther rarely interacted with his works, preferring Augustine and the Early Church Fathers. The Catholic Church still held his works in high regard, but other scholastics, such as Duns Scotus, were more influential in the Catholic Counter-Reformation. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that Aquinas was elevated to his current status in the Catholic Church.

He also received renewed interest in Protestant circles as well. In the early nineteenth century, Herman Bavinck interacts with Aquinas a great deal in Reformed Dogmatics, mostly in his volume on the doctrine of God. In fact, Bavinck cites Aquinas 354 times in his 4-volume work. More recently, Norman Geisler has mentioned that Aquinas’ Summa Theologica is his favorite book after the Bible.

This isn’t to say Aquinas was a proto-Protestant. At the same time, it’s almost impossible—in any Christian tradition—to have a conversation about God’s attributes, simplicity, knowability, or any number of other topics without interacting with Aquinas.

You can get the Summa Theologica, the Summa Contra Gentiles, and the Catena Aurea in Logos today. We also recently announced a project to translate Aquinas’ commentaries on Isaiah and Jeremiah, as well as his 4-volume Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard. These three translation projects are available at a limited-time Pre-Pub discount. Pre-order them today!

How to Subscribe to Logos RSS Feeds

Logos has several helpful RSS feeds that bring you our latest blogs, news, and product information. If you’re not sure how to use an RSS feed, this post will get you started.

RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a quick and efficient way to get up-to-date information from multiple sources in a single place. It’s like having your favorite websites send updates directly to you.

Getting started with RSS is a simple, three-step process:

1. Find an RSS Reader That Works for You

If you want to read RSS feeds, you’re going to need an aggregator—a single program that compiles your feeds.

There are lots of choices out there, but it’s pretty easy to find online articles explaining the pros and cons of various programs. Many browsers integrate RSS readers, or you can even subscribe to RSS feeds in Microsoft Outlook. In my opinion, you can’t beat Google Reader:

  • It’s free.
  • It syncs with your Gmail account.
  • You can access it from any browser.
  • You can subscribe to any page (RSS feed or not).
  • There are a number of mobile apps.
  • It’s super easy to use.

Other popular aggregators include NewsCrawler, Bloglines, and NewsGator; if you’re a Mac user, you can also check out aggregators like Shrook or Cyndicate.

Don’t get bogged down in the myriad of choices; find a simple one that works for you and get started!

2. Find an RSS Feed and Subscribe

Keep your eye out for this symbol: . It lets you know that a website has an RSS feed. (You also see a small orange rectangle that says RSS or XML, but these are rare nowadays.) These buttons are typically links to a website’s feed. You may have noticed that certain browsers detect feeds automatically.

Subscribing is just a matter of copying a site’s RSS feed into your aggregator. Every RSS reader is a little different, so get to know the best way to subscribe to a feed with your reader. When you click on a site’s feed button, you will often get helpful instructions. Once you get the hang of it, it’s an easy process.

3. Read Your Feeds

Once you’ve subscribed to some feeds, your aggregator will automatically check for updates. There’s really nothing more you need to do! Log in and find a list of the newest information from your favorite websites in one place.

Don’t Miss These Logos RSS Feeds

Here are some Logos RSS feeds to get you started:

  • Logos Talk: Get the latest info on new projects and promotions, learn about Logos culture, find tips on using the software, and hear about upcoming features.
  • Pre-Pubs: Don’t miss out on all the newest Pre-Pubs.
  • Community Pricing: Keep up to date with new additions to the Community Pricing program.
  • Logos Press Releases: Stay on top of the latest Logos news.

If you aren’t an RSS user yet, you’ll love getting all of your favorite website updates compiled into one easy-to-navigate reader. Subscribe to our RSS feeds and get started now!

10 Inspirational A. W. Tozer Quotes

Aiden Wilson (A. W.) Tozer was born in a small farming community in Western Pennsylvania on April 21, 115 years ago. His spiritual path opened up when, as a 15-year-old, Tozer responded to a street evangelist. Five years later, with no theological training, he began pastoring his first church.

Tozer spent the rest of his life as a pastor, rising to national prominence during his tenure at Southside Alliance Church, Chicago, IL (1928–1959). Tozer wrote the spiritual classic The Pursuit of God during his time in Chicago, and over his lifetime authored more than 40 books. His steadfast call to repentance and faith earned him the nickname “the 20th-century prophet.”

On May 12, 1963, he went to be with his Lord after suffering a heart attack. The epitaph on his tombstone simply reads: “A. W. Tozer—A Man of God.”

To celebrate this remarkable man of faith, I put together 10 of my favorite Tozer quotes:

  1. “I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion. You would never get me interested in the old maids’ social club with a little bit of Christianity thrown in to give it respectability. I want all that God has, or I don’t want any.”—from The Counselor
  2. “I wonder also how many Christians in our day have truly and completely abandoned themselves to Jesus Christ as their Lord. We are very busy telling people to “accept Christ”—and that seems to be the only word we are using. We arrange a painless acceptance.”—from Who Put Jesus on the Cross?
  3. “The world lives in such a time of crisis. Christians alone are in a position to rescue the perishing. We dare not settle down to try to live as if things were normal.”—from Born After Midnight
  4. “But a lot of people have gone too far and have written books and poetry that gets everybody believing that God is so kind and loving and gentle. God is so kind that infinity won’t measure it. And God is so loving that He is immeasurably loving. But God is also holy and just.”—from The Attributes of God, Volume One
  5. “I can only say, let us be tolerant wherever we can be, and let us be charitable toward all those we cannot tolerate. But let us not imagine for a minute that we are called upon to take a top-of-the-fence stand, never knowing exactly what we believe.”—from Faith Beyond Reason
  6. “It is a high Christian privilege to pray for one another within each local church body and then for other believers throughout the world. As a Christian minister, I have no right to preach to people I have not prayed for. That is my strong conviction.”—from Tragedy in the Church: The Missing Gifts
  7. “In some circles, God has been abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed and amended until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up.”—from Whatever Happened to Worship?
  8. “No matter what the circumstances, we Christians should keep our heads. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind. It is a dismal thing to see a son of heaven cringe in terror before the sons of earth.”—from The Warfare of the Spirit
  9. “Rightly understood, faith is not a substitute for moral conduct but a means toward it. The tree does not serve in lieu of fruit but as an agent by which fruit is secured. Fruit, not trees, is the end God has in mind in yonder orchard; so Christ-like conduct is the end of Christian faith.”—from Size of the Soul
  10. “The only fear I have is to fear to get out of the will of God. Outside of the will of God, there’s nothing I want, and in the will of God there’s nothing I fear, for God has sworn to keep me in His will.”—from Success and the Christian: The Cost of Spiritual Maturity

Leave us a comment with your favorite Tozer quote!

Adolf Schlatter’s “Faith in the New Testament” To Be Translated!

In a never-ending quest to provide the best in biblical scholarship, Logos announces a new project to translate Adolf Schlatter’s 1885 masterpiece Der Glaube im Neuen Testament (Faith in the New Testament) into English.

Schlatter uses Old Testament, Rabbinic, and primary source documents to communicate the early church’s view of both faith and belief. Spanning twelve chapters and totaling nearly six-hundred pages, Faith in the New Testament is a philological tour de force.

Who Is Adolf Schlatter?

Adolf Schlatter was a brilliant New Testament scholar and theologian. Educated at Tübingen University and the University of Basel, Schlatter was a prolific author and professor for more than twenty years. He authored hundreds of written works, including influential monographs on topics relating to the study of the New Testament, biblical history, New Testament Judaism, dogmatics, and a number of critical commentaries. He was frequently asked to speak at conferences and fill the pulpit of local churches.

Take It from the Experts

“Adolf Schlatter . . . was theologically the most important figure in the faculty of Protestant Theology at Tübingen in the first third of the century.”—Peter Stuhlmacher, professor of New Testament Emeritus, Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen

“Schlatter’s writings hold rich potential for summoning serious biblical scholarship back to its classic sources, methods, and aims.”—Robert Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Because of his immense, unbelievable learning and his theological insights into the heart of the New Testament message . . . [w]e can learn a lot from him today, when the theological climate is changing, because he did not go trodden ways and always give new insights into the biblical texts, which many have forgotten.”—Martin Hengel, one time Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism, Tübingen

Pre-Order Your Copy Now!

We are placing Adolf Schlatter’s Faith in the New Testament on Pre-Pub for only $39.95! This is an unbelievable price for an important contribution to New Testament studies.

Once we have enough to cover the cost for translation and production, the work begins. Order your copy today!

Celebrate Bible Study Magazine’s 10,000 Fans with 10 Days to Save!

Bible Study Magazine, the only magazine dedicated solely to Bible study, has 10,000 Facebook fans! To celebrate this milestone, we are offering a limited-time discount on Bible Study Magazine subscriptions.

For the next 10 days, you can get a 1-, 3-, or 5-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine for only $14.95 per year. Use coupon code BSM10K to start reading Bible Study Magazine for nearly 50% off the cover price. But act quickly; this offer ends Friday, April 27.

Subscribe today, and your first issue will include:

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Save Big When You Register Now for Pastorum Live!

Logos hosts Pastorum Live, June 5–6, in Chicago, IL.  This is no ordinary conference. Pastorum features 21 evangelical scholars known for publishing academic commentaries, monographs, and Biblical language grammars.

This conference is like Disneyland for me, a seminary student and scholar-in-training. It would be impossible to do justice to each of the speakers and their topics here; therefore, let me highlight a few lectures that I am excited about.

Craig Keener: “Across Cultures, Across Centuries”

Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, Craig Keener is the author of The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, and commentaries on the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of John, Romans, 1–2 Corinthians, and Revelation. More than any other scholar I have read, Dr. Keener illuminates the culture and text of the New Testament with his encyclopedic grasp of first-century Greco-Roman writings. I am excited to hear what he has to share with Pastorum attendees!

Nicholas Perrin: “Jesus, the Kingdom, and the Church”

Nicholas Perrin is the Franklin S. Dyrness professor of biblical studies at Wheaton. Dr. Perrin is an expert on the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas, having written a both a dissertation and a more popular work on the subject. Dr. Perrin’s latest book is entitled Jesus the Temple. I am looking forward to Dr. Perrin’s lecture, “Jesus, the Kingdom, and the Church.”

Mark Strauss: “Use and Abuse of Biblical Languages in Teaching and Preaching”

Mark Strauss is the professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary. He is the author of Four Portraits, One Jesus and The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts: The Promise and Its Fulfillment in Lukan Christology. Dr. Strauss has been heavily involved with the NIV, serving as the vice chair of the Committee for Bible Translations as well as associate editor for the NIV Study Bible. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. Strauss is more than capable of lecturing on the best practices for using Greek and Hebrew from the pulpit and lectern.

This is just a taste of what you can expect at Pastorum. If you look at the list of Pastorum Live speakers, you’ll see a hand-picked and diverse collection of experts who will help boost your understanding of the Bible from beginning to end.

Logos is now offering special discounts for Pastorum Live! Registration costs range from $99–149, with special rates for students, faculty, and church staff. So register for Pastorum Live today!


Last Chance to Save Up to 75% on 64 Authors!

All Logos March Madness deals will end this Friday, April 13 at 11:59 pm (PST). Time is running out to grab incredible offers like selected works by N. T. Wright for 75% off or D. A. Carson for 60% off! Find your favorite authors on this list—before the buzzer sounds on these deals:

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Liddell and Scott: The Indispensable Tool for Classical Greek Students

If you’re serious about studying Greek but don’t have a copy of Liddell and Scott Greek-English Lexicon (LSJ), it’s time to consider getting the central reference work for all scholars of ancient Greek authors and texts.

With Logos, you’ll get the most useful edition of LSJ ever assembled. It’s the only edition in which hundreds of pages and 26,000+ articles of ‘supplement’ material have been integrated into the text of the main lexicon, allowing users instant access to the 1996 revisions and additions without flipping through pages. And like all Logos reference works, the electronic edition links to all the other reference books in your library—including over 198,000 links to the free Perseus Classics Collection!

“. . . the digital LSJ is a real gain and a must for classicists. (more. . .)”—Willeon Slenders, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Radboud University Nijmegen

Add LSJ to your library today!, and get the most valuable lexicon available for both advanced and beginning students of classical Greek!

How the Resurrection Transformed Peter, You, and Me

Logos Talk is bringing you special Holy Week devotionals from a number of authors. If you’d like more resources to prepare your heart for Easter, Logos has discounted a number of Holy Week titles.

What Happened to Peter?

Like Steve Runge, I identify with Peter. Not only am I encouraged by Peter’s missteps,  foibles, and failures, but I’m also challenged by the post-resurrection dynamo that Peter becomes. For Peter, Jesus’ return changed everything; Peter is restored, commissioned, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. This brash fisherman who would hide and disassociate himself from Jesus (Mk 14:66-72) becomes the one who stands before the crowds on Pentecost—calling 3,000 people to repentance.

Peter, who had been hit-or-miss throughout the gospels, now gives one of the most impassioned sermons in the Scriptures. His message features this powerful testimony to the resurrection:

“Israelite men, listen to these words! Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—this man, delivered up by the determined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing to a cross through the hand of lawless men. God raised him up, having brought to an end the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” (Acts 2:22-24 LEB)

The imagery of death being unable to hold captive the Son of Man is beautiful. I love the way that Bertrand communicates it in the TDNT, “The abyss can no more hold the Redeemer than a pregnant woman can hold the child in her body.”

Resurrection: A Living Hope

Peter’s sermon shows that something dramatic, something supernatural, had happened inside of him. And Peter clearly communicates the origin of this change in the salutation of his first epistle:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . . . (1 Peter 1:3)

Christ’s resurrection had changed everything; because of this, Peter overflowed with life-giving hope. This resurrection transformed Peter entirely, from his status before God (1 Peter 3:21) to his responsibility to others (1 Peter 1:22-23).

Easter is a good opportunity to ask myself important questions. Do I make decisions based on short-term gain or living hope? Am I still impacted and motivated by the resurrection, or, better yet, am I living in a way that only makes sense in light of the resurrection?

Peter’s life reminds me that the resurrection isn’t part of the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith. What reason do I have not to live boldly and courageously? I live on this side of the resurrection.

What does the resurrection mean to you? Let us know in the comments, and check out our discounted Holy Week resources.

5 Allusions to Psalm 22 at Christ’s Crucifixion

Logos Talk is bringing you special Holy Week devotionals from a number of authors. If you’d like more resources to prepare your heart for Easter, Logos has discounted a number of Holy Week titles.

Psalm 22 stands out among the Psalms in its depiction of the psalmist’s agony and suffering. It is no wonder that Jesus quoted the psalmist’s anguished cry of “my God, my God why have you forsaken me?” as he died on the cross. However, this is not the only reference to Psalm 22 in the gospel accounts of Christ’s death. In fact, there are five possible allusions. None of these allusions refer to Jesus’ physical suffering; instead, they focus on the rejection and contempt He experienced while paying the penalty for our sins.

  1. Psalm 22:18“they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”  The psalmist says this to portray how close he is to death. His enemies are anticipating his death so much that they have already divided his clothes among themselves. All four gospels describe this event with John taking it further by describing it as a fulfillment of Scripture (Jn 19:23–24; Mt 27:35; Mk 15:24; Lk 23:34).
  2. Psalm 22:7—“they wag their heads.” The psalmist’s description of people’s reaction to him indicates their scorn and derision. Both Matthew and Mark allude to this: “And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads” (Mt 27:39; Mk 15:29). Just like the psalmist, Jesus experienced rejection and ridicule by people. How difficult it must have been for the Son of God to endure such contempt for those he was sacrificing himself to save!
  3. Psalm 22:8—He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him . . .  for He delights in him.” In Psalm 22 the psalmist wrestled with God’s silence. Despite his cries, God did not answer or deliver him (Ps 22:1–5). Because of God’s apparent absence, this taunt would have especially stung. Only Matthew includes a reference to this verse as he describes the crowd mocking Jesus for His trust in God: “He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him” (Mt 27:43). Jesus also prayed to be delivered from His suffering, while still submitting Himself to God’s will (Mt 26:39). To be mocked for His humble submission to God’s must have been particularly painful for Christ.
  4. Psalm 22:1—“my God, my God why have you forsaken me?” The opening line of Psalm 22 beautifully expresses the anguish of the psalmist. He is suffering greatly, but his chief concern is that God—the source of his trust and deliverance—appears to have abandoned him. Matthew and Mark both attribute these words to Jesus (Mt 27:46; Mk 15:34). Jesus’ physical sufferings pale in comparison to the trauma of being forsaken by God as he takes the weight of our sin upon himself
  5. Psalm 22:31—he has done it.” Psalm 22 ends, not with suffering, but with praise as the psalmist worships God for delivering him (Ps 22:25–31). He enthusiastically proclaims God’s act of salvation and deliverance throughout the world and to all generations. The final line—which consists of one word in Hebrew—can be translated either “he has done it” or simply “it is done.” Jesus may be alluding to this when he says—with one word in Greek—“it is finished” (Jn 19:30). Christ’s dying words carry many implications: God’s plan of salvation has been completed; our sin is paid for; Christ’s work on earth is done. Perhaps it is also a shout of praise like the psalmist’s words in Psalm 22:31. It is finished. God’s ultimate deliverance has been carried out. Just as the psalmist proclaimed God’s deliverance of him, so should we proclaim Christ’s work of salvation on the cross to the ends of the earth and throughout all generations.

What crucifixion imagery impacts you the most in the gospel accounts? Leave us a comment and let us know, then take a look at our special Holy Week resources.