Vol. 4

Volume 4 – Philosophical Works: On the Relation of Philosophy to Theology

Trans. & ed. Joseph C. McLelland. xlii + 353 pp.

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This volume is devoted to Vermigli’s philosophical writings, consisting of topics from commentaries with sections on “reason and revelation,” “body and soul,” “knowledge of God,” “providence, miracles, and responsibility,” and “freewill and predestination.”

Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) is considered to be one of the most important Italian reformers of the early modern period. Martyr is the subject of renewed interest for historical and theological scholars. The Peter Martyr Library, a series of critical English translations of the chief works of Peter Martyr Vermigli, allows his own words in context to speak for themselves.

Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 39


Trans. & ed. Joseph C. McLelland. xlii + 353 pp.

Throughout the history of Christianity, the relationship of philosophy and theology has been fraught with conflict and tension, but it is a conflict that no faithful Christian can ignore. The Protestant Reformation was no exception to this history of faith seeking understanding, and this dual pursuit of philosophy and theology was particularly exemplified by the great Italian Reformer Peter Martyr Vermigli. A leading representative both of Renaissance humanism, with its return to the classical sources, and of an emergent Protestant scholasticism, with its careful use of philosophical tools to clarify Christian doctrine and ethics, Vermigli constantly attended to the relationship of philosophy and theology throughout his teaching and writing.

Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 39


Abbreviations Used in this Volume

General Editors’ Preface

Translator’s Introduction

Florence, Padua, and Beyond
The Intellect: One and Immortal
“Reformed Scholasticism”
Providence and Predestination
Philosophy and Scripture
Selection of Texts

Part One: Reason and Revelation
About the Translation
Philosophy and Theology: Vermigli’s Introduction to the Commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics
Nature and Grace: Commentaries on Romans 1 and 1 Samuel 5

Part Two: Body and Soul
About the Translation
The Image of God: Commentary on Genesis
Resurrection: Commentary on 2 Kings 4

Part Three: Our Knowledge of God
About the Translation
Visions: How and How Far God May be Known. Commentary on Judges 6
Dreams: Commentary on Judges 7:13

Part Four: Providence, Miracles, and Responsibility
About the Translation
Providence: Commentaries on Genesis and Samuel
Miracles: Commentary on Judges
Whether God is the Author of Sin: Commentary on 2 Samuel 16

Part Five: Free Will and Predestination
About the Translations
Free Will: Common Places, Appendix
Three Summaries: Common Places, Appendix 

Free Will 3
Providence and Predestination
Whether God Is the Author of Sin

About the Translator

Scripture References



Joseph C. McLelland is emeritus professor of McGill University and of The Presbyterian College, Montreal, and general editor of the Peter Martyr Library. His writings in philosophy and theology include The Visible Words of God: The Sacramental Theology of Peter Martyr Vermigli (1957) and The Life, Early Letters and Eucharistic Writings of Peter Martyr (with G. E. Duffield; 1989).