The Norms of Theological Judgment

Robert W. Jenson

in Systematic Theology

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145984
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848980 | DOI:
The Norms of Theological Judgment

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This chapter describes how the norms work in practice. The chapter distinguishes norms as within the tradition of the canon of Old and New Testaments; the continuity of instituted liturgical action; the dogmatic tradition; and succession in ministerial office. It considers the canon of Scripture and reflects ecumenical consensus that once a canon of Scripture is in place, it has authority also over against any particular dogmatic proposal, magisterial responsum, or apparently mandatory liturgical order. Canonical Scripture is—in the language of the Reformation—the norma normans non normata, the norm with no norm over it, although other norms establish it in this position are necessary to function.

Keywords: norms; Old Testament; New Testament; Canonical Scripture; Reformation; norma normans non normata

Chapter.  10063 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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