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Christian ProphecyThe Post-Biblical Tradition$
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Niels Christian Hvidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314472.001.0001

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 Prophecy's Status and Types of Faith

 Prophecy's Status and Types of Faith

(p.271) 8 Prophecy's Status and Types of Faith
Christian Prophecy

Niels Christian Hvidt (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Neo-Scholastic Catholic theology developed a system of different forms of faith. Despite its limitations, this typology of faith proves to be a most useful tool in assessing the status of prophecy in the church. Objects of faith that belong to the core of revelation (e.g., that God is trinitarian) are believed with fides divina. Objects of faith that constitute mere historical occurrences (e.g., that Francis Xavier brought Christianity to China) are believed with fides humana. In between these to types of faith range a number of other types and the question is: with what type of faith should believers believe in prophetic revelations? Should they be seen as mere historical occurrences or do they reflect divine truth?

Keywords:   fides divina, fides humana, Karl Rahner, status of prophecy

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