The Rule of Reason

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:
 The Rule of Reason

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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

Chapter.  10745 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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