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Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Practical Theology

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Romans 1:8


The attempt to present a somewhat different point of new is the only excuse that may be offered for another treatment of the relation of reason to Christian faith. The peculiarity of the following discussion will be its assumption that Christianity is the true religion. It is in no sense a study of the philosophy of religion, which begins, for purposes of argument, with the notion that all religions are of equal merit. Nor is it similar to the prefatory remarks on the relation of reason to religious truth which are commonly found in the books on the philosophy of religion in general. The relation of reason to the Christian religion must be radically different from its relation to religion as a whole.

This adoption of the Christian view may be said· to entail a philosophic dualism of some sort. Christianity can hardly be thought of as consistent with any but a dualistic world order; although it may seem that the Berkeleian idealism may be brought within its scheme. But I doubt whether Christianity is assertive of any philosophical scheme. At least for purposes of this essay it will be enough to accept the so-called common-sense view of ontology and epistemology, which, by the way, seem to have characterized Christ's working basis in his ministry. Our position in psychology, however, we must of necessity define in the course of our argument.

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