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Introduction

Paul C. H. Lim

in Mystery Unveiled

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195339468
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979097 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339468.003.0008

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of Desiderius Erasmus' countervailing perspective to Luther's insistence on the perspicuity—or internal interpretive clarity—of Scripture. It is arguably the case that this Reformation debate cast a long shadow under which the topic examined in this volume falls: the relationship between Scripture's internal witness and the doctrine of the Trinity, and the way this debate has shaped the culture of English Christianity in the seventeenth century. The chapter then considers the strange case of Thomas Hawes' “Socinianism,” which illustrates the quicksand of making heretics in the parish politics of Civil War London. An overview of the subsequent chapter is also presented.

Keywords: Scripture; Trinity; Christianity; Desiderius Erasmus; Civil War; Thomas Hawes; Socianism; heretics

Chapter.  6495 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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