Concordia Theological Monthly

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Reason or Revelation?

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human reason, scriptural authority, revelation, faith, lutheran, rationalism, christian church, doctrine, judgment, roehr, unitarian

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


What? Some more rattling of dry bones? As though we had to be told what an abominable and dangerous thing rationalism is! Just read on. The thing is not so dead as you may think. We are dealing with a live issue. There are many more rationalists in the churches than the census lists. Your own theological thinking may have more of a rationalistic bias than you are aware of. And in our spiritual struggles we are inclined to heed the insidious logic of reason more than the sure Word of Scripture, the certain promise of the Gospel. So the time spent in studying the gross forms of rationalism well spent. That will help us the better to realize the dangerous character of the subtle forms. We shall begin with rationaismus vulgaris seu communis.


History of Christianity

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Isaiah 8:20; Luke 16:29; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 4:11; Colossians 2:8; 1 Corinthians 2:14;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars