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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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Ending the Great Misery of Protestantism

Ending the Great Misery of Protestantism

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(p.361) 14 Ending the Great Misery of Protestantism
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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:10.1093/0199250030.003.0014

Karl Barth's vision of a Neoorthodoxy that would recover the insights of the Protestant Reformation looked to the material content of scripture to fend off the encroachments of bad epistemology as represented by natural theology. His bold and exclusivist vision of special revelation was intimately tied to a retrieval of the doctrine of the Trinity. Contrary to his avowals, this enterprise continued the Cartesian revolution at the root of the Enlightenment. Its resources for recovering the full faith of the Church were severely limited; it is more by accident than by deep principle that it upheld the doctrine of the Trinity.

Keywords:   Cartesian revolution, natural theology, Neoorthodoxy, Protestant Reformation, Trinity

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