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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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Theology Within the Limits of Experience Alone

Theology Within the Limits of Experience Alone

(p.240) 10 Theology Within the Limits of Experience Alone
Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology

William J. Abraham (Contributor Webpage)

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Once the Church had privileged epistemology over its canonical heritage, its theologians were drawn inescapably into solving problems in the epistemology of theology and into developing fitting material theological proposals. Schleiermacher, the founder of Liberal Protestantism, opted for religious experience as the foundation of faith and allowed only that which could be grounded in the religious affections. He rejected the Old Testament canon and reworked the conception of the New Testament canon as a norm of Christian identity. The doctrine of the Trinity became strictly optional.

Keywords:   Liberal Protestantism, New Testament canon, norm of identity, Old Testament canon, religious affections, religious experience, Trinity

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