The Canons of Common Sense

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 Canons of Common Sense

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The great Princeton theology of the nineteenth century sought to conserve the faith of the Church by combining a commitment to sola scriptura with the tenets of Common Sense philosophy imported from Scotland. Seeking certainty for the foundations of the faith, they vacillated between evidentialism and fideism. In the end, the early Princeton theologians lost their nerve and retreated to an exclusive appeal to scripture to ground their quest for an adequate theology and even for an adequate epistemology of theology.

Keywords: certainty; Common Sense philosophy; evidentialism; fideism; Princeton theology

Chapter.  12814 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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