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Orientation: Authority, Canon, and Criterion

William J. Abraham

in Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250035
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199250030.003.0001
 Orientation: Authority, Canon, and Criterion

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The critical problems for debates about the authority of scripture stem from confusing ecclesial canons with epistemic criteria. The slide from canon to criterion represents a category mistake that is natural but fatal for both theology and epistemology. The time is now ripe for reorientation in thinking about scripture, not least because of the wealth of new work in epistemology and philosophy of religion.

Keywords: authority of scripture; canon; criterion; epistemology; philosophy of religion

Chapter.  10913 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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