Paul Helm

in John Calvin's Ideas

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199255696
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602429 | DOI:

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Calvin holds that the Bible is an authoritative source of the knowledge of God. It imparts that authoritativeness to us is chiefly by the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit, testifying to the truth of the internal cognitive (and other) content of Scripture immediately, not by reference to Church Councils or the Pontiff. But there are also external arguments for the authority of Scripture, which are less certain and which may have an apologetic use. Calvin's discussion of these matters raises epistemological issues to do with self-authentication, certainty, knowledge, evidence, doubt, and epistemic circularity, which this Chapter considers.

Keywords: authority; evidence; fideism; Holy Spirit; scripture; self-authentication

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Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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