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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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Theological Foundationalism

Theological Foundationalism

(p.111) 5 Theological Foundationalism
Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology

William J. Abraham (Contributor Webpage)

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The Reformation did not represent a radical break from the epistemological vision of scripture developed in the Western tradition. Initially, valiant efforts were made to focus on the soteriological significance of scripture as mediating the gospel, but these were quickly overtaken by the need to supply a justification for the new and sometimes radical theologies developed by the Reformers. That justification took the form of a robust theological foundationalism that sought to ground all theological claims in scripture alone. Tradition and teaching magisterium were sidelined or set aside.

Keywords:   foundationalism, magisterium, reformation, sola scriptura, tradition

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