Theology Within the Limits of Experience Alone

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:
 Theology Within the Limits of Experience Alone

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Once the Church had privileged epistemology over its canonical heritage, its theologians were drawn inescapably into solving problems in the epistemology of theology and into developing fitting material theological proposals. Schleiermacher, the founder of Liberal Protestantism, opted for religious experience as the foundation of faith and allowed only that which could be grounded in the religious affections. He rejected the Old Testament canon and reworked the conception of the New Testament canon as a norm of Christian identity. The doctrine of the Trinity became strictly optional.

Keywords: Liberal Protestantism; New Testament canon; norm of identity; Old Testament canon; religious affections; religious experience; Trinity

Chapter.  15145 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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