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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 Epistemic Fortunes of Sola Scriptura

The Epistemic Fortunes of Sola Scriptura

(p.139) 6 The Epistemic Fortunes of Sola Scriptura
Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology

William J. Abraham (Contributor Webpage)

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The appeal to sola scriptura, scripture alone, had devastating consequences for the canonical heritage of the Church within Western Christendom, systematically eroding and eliminating everything that could not be grounded in scripture. Thus, the great doctrines of the Church, like the doctrine of the Trinity, were now displaced by theories of revelation and inspiration. Paradoxically, doubt triumphed over fellowship and faith. The Reformers who failed to reach an agreement on critical issues of faith, found themselves cornered when asked to defend their foundationalism and divided the Church into a network of warring factions. Not surprisingly, friendly overtures to Eastern Orthodoxy failed.

Keywords:   doubt, Eastern Orthodoxy, foundationalism, sola scriptura, Trinity

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