Concordia Theological Monthly

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Reason or Revelation?

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reason, enlightened, christian, rationalism, scriptural authority, doctrine, inspiration, theology, revelation

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


There are more rationalists in the churches than go by that name. It is not a nice name. Rationalism is, as we have shown in the preceding articles, an ugly, wicked thing. It sets itself above Scripture, above God. Who would want to proclaim himself a rationalist? Our Liberals indeed are not ashamed of the name. But the great majority of theologians dislikes it. However, many of them, very many of them, are doing the very same thing the rationalists have been doing, and they do it because they like it. They fall into two groups. The first group, made up of those who carry on their rationalistic business under an alias, is the subject of the present article. In the following article we shall deal with those who strongly insist on the sola Scriptura but still engage in rationalistic practices.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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2 Corinthians 10:5; Genesis 18:10-15;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars