Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology: From the Fathers by William J. Abraham

By William J. Abraham

The ebook presents an unique and significant narrative at the value of canon within the Christian culture. common bills of canon decrease canon to scripture and deal with scripture as a criterion of fact. Scripture is then similar in optimistic or unfavourable how you can culture, cause, and event. Such tasks contain a misreading of the which means and content material of canon--they find the canonical history of the church inside of epistemology--and Abraham charts the deadly effects of this stream, from the Fathers to trendy feminist theology. within the procedure he indicates that the vital epistemological matters of the Enlightenment have Christian origins and echoes. He additionally indicates that the the most important advancements of theology from the Reformation onwards contain amazing efforts to mend the principles of religion. This trajectory is now exhausted theologically and spiritually. for this reason, the door is opened for a restoration of the whole canonical historical past of the early church and for clean paintings at the epistemology of theology.

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For Plato's Socrates, so far from helping the memory, writing militates against it: it is no adequate substitute for living dialogue between teacher and taught. It is as if writing confines or ossifies thought; at best what is written only serves as a reminder of what is already known. The profoundest truth cannot be encapsulated in writing; living thought needs the give and take of speech in dialogue. How widespread such an attitude was among the Greeks is disputed. However, though an emphasis in Plato, it was not a peculiarity of his.

Y. Gamble, The New Testament Canon: Its Meaning and Making (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1985); B. M. Metzger, The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987); L. M. McDonald, The Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1988); F. F. : InterVarsity Press, 1988); Geoffrey Mark Hahneman, The Muratorian Fragment and the Development of the Canon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992). 32 EMERGENCE OF THE CANONICAL HERITAGE The initial impetus for usage derives from at least two sources.

He compares the activity of the Gnostics to that of those who dismember a mosaic likeness of the emperor and then reconstruct the various pieces to make a mosaic of a dog or a fox. See Against the Heresies (New York: Paulist Press, 1992), i. I. 15. 44 In this context, such teaching clearly functions as a norm; but it functions not as an epistemic norm, but as a norm of Christian identity. More accurately, we might call it a norm of orthodoxy and heresy. 45 Technically, the creed at issue here is the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.

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