Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology: from the Fathers to Feminism

Paperback | January 1, 2002

byWilliam J. Abraham

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Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology provides an original and important narrative on the significance of canon in the Christian tradition. Standard accounts of canon reduce canon to scripture and treat scripture as a criterion of truth. Scripture is then related in positive or negativeways to tradition, reason, and experience. Such projects involve a misreading of the meaning and content of canon --- they locate the canonical heritage of the church within epistemology --- and Abraham charts the fatal consequences of this move, from the Fathers to modern feminist theology. In theprocess he shows that the central epistemological concerns of the Enlightenment have Christian origins and echoes. He also shows that the crucial developments of theology from the Reformation onwards involve extraordinary efforts to fix the foundations of faith. This trajectory is now exhaustedtheologically and spiritually. Hence, the door is opened for a recovery of the full canonical heritage of the early church and for fresh work on the epistemology of theology.

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Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology provides an original and important narrative on the significance of canon in the Christian tradition. Standard accounts of canon reduce canon to scripture and treat scripture as a criterion of truth. Scripture is then related in positive or negativeways to tradition, reason, and experience. Suc...

William J. Abraham teaches philosophy and theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, where he is Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:524 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Orientation:Authority, Canon, and Criterion2. The Emergence of the Canonical Heritage of the Church3. Canonical Division between East and West4. Canon and Scientia5. Theological Foundationalism6. the Epistemic Fortunes of Sola Scriptura7. Initiation into the Rule of Truth8. Canonical Synthesis: The Anglican Via Media9. The Rule of Reason10. Theology within the Limits of Experience Alone11. The Canons of Common Sense12. The Rough Intellectualist Road of a Sound Epistemology13. More Light Amid the Encircling Gloom14. Ending the Great Misery of Protestantism15. Digging Still Deeper for Firm Ground16. Feminism and the Transgressing of Canonical Boundaries17. The Canonical Heritage and the Epistemology of Theology

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`Every issue and thinker is expounded clearly and concisely, with attention always drawn to strengths as well as weaknesses. To this non-specialist the argument was always accessible and regularly persuasive.'The Expository Times