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Canon and Criterion in Christian TheologyFrom the Fathers to Feminism$
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William J. Abraham

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250030.001.0001

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The Canons of Common Sense

The Canons of Common Sense

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(p.276) 11 The Canons of Common Sense
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Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology
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William J. Abraham (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199250030.003.0011

The great Princeton theology of the nineteenth century sought to conserve the faith of the Church by combining a commitment to sola scriptura with the tenets of Common Sense philosophy imported from Scotland. Seeking certainty for the foundations of the faith, they vacillated between evidentialism and fideism. In the end, the early Princeton theologians lost their nerve and retreated to an exclusive appeal to scripture to ground their quest for an adequate theology and even for an adequate epistemology of theology.

Keywords:   certainty, Common Sense philosophy, evidentialism, fideism, Princeton theology

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