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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 Rule of Reason

The Rule of Reason

(p.215) 9 The Rule of Reason
Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology

William J. Abraham (Contributor Webpage)

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The instability of the epistemology of the Anglican Reformation and the continuing failure to reach agreement on contested moral and religious issues came to the fore in the work of John Locke. Locke sought to make reason both prior to, and judge over, divine revelation. In so doing, he developed a robust form of empiricism that matched in form the foundationalism of Descartes. By this time, the tradition of the Church, not least its central creedal doctrines, was idling. The Church had become fully hostage to philosophy and epistemology.

Keywords:   Anglican Reformation, empiricism, foundationalism, reason, revelation

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