Digging Still Deeper for Firm Ground

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:
 Digging Still Deeper for Firm Ground

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A fresh outburst of Liberal Protestantism represented by the work of Schubert Ogden in the middle of the twentieth century exposed afresh the captivity of Protestantism to epistemology. Reworking the New Testament canon to be a canon before the canon that operated as a criterion of identity, Ogden embraced a version of secularization that looked to secular science and history for the truth about the world. The Christian faith was, for him, a representation of truths that are given universally in experience. He embraced a vision of neoclassical theism that effectively aided in the creation of new post‐Christian religious tradition that systematically displaced the varied components of the canonical heritage of the Church.

Keywords: canon before the canon; experience; Liberal Protestantism; neoclassical theism; New Testament canon; secularization

Chapter.  17414 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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