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Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology
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Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology: From the Fathers to Feminism

William J. Abraham

Abstract

Traces a radical shift in the history of Christian theology from the canon of scripture as a list of books to that of a criterion of truth in theology. The argument takes the form of a narrative showing how epistemology won out over soteriology in the conception of the bible. Within this development, theologians were upstaged by philosophers when scripture as a criterion failed to resolve critical material issues in Christian theology. The middle section of the narrative shows that the epistemology of the Enlightenment was deeply indebted both historically and formally to the foundationalism f ... More

Keywords: authority of Bible, canon, canonical heritage, criterion, enlightenment, epistemology, foundationalism, revelation, scripture, soteriology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250035
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199250030.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William J. Abraham, author
Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dallas
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