Luther on Aristotle
January 29, 2008 — 10:08

Author: Kevin Timpe  Category: Books of Interest Teaching  Comments: 1

One of the assignments I give to my philosophy of religion course is to have students write a paper reflecting on the impact of philosophy on their own religious beliefs.  As preparation for this paper, I have them read a number of select autobiographies from God and Philosophers and Philosophers who Believe.  This term, I’ve added a number of chapters from the recently published Philosophers without Gods (this is the volume that has the wonderful paper by the late David Lewis, “Divine Evil,” that Michael has mentioned on his blog). 

While at the Eastern APA, I picked up Faith and the Life of the Intellect, which is in the same vein, but with contributions by Catholic philosophers working primarily in the Continental tradition.  My favorite line in the volume comes from Ralph McInerny:

“It matters who you hang out with philosophically” (239).

But I’m slightly puzzled by a quotation from the chapter by Jude Dougherty:

“Luther had little regard for philosophy.  Sworn enemy of Scholasticism, he once remarked that God had sent Aristotle as a punishment for the sins of mankind” (172).

Does anyone know where in Luther’s corpus this comment is found?

  • Matthew Mullins

    You can find that quote and more in Luther’s “An Open Letter to The Christian Nobility“.

    January 29, 2008 — 17:39