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Escaping from the ghetto

dc.contributor.authorBrummer, Vincenten_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-03T08:19:38Z
dc.date.available2013-07-03T08:19:38Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationBrummer, V. 2012. Escaping from the ghetto. Verbum et Ecclesia, 33(2), Art. #729, doi:10.4102/ve.v33i2.729.
dc.identifier.issn2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/ve.v33i2.729
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/82486
dc.descriptionCITATION: Brummer, V. 2012. Escaping from the ghetto. Verbum et Ecclesia, 33(2), Art. #729, doi:10.4102/ve.v33i2.729.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://verbumetecclesia.org.za
dc.description.abstract‘Revealed theology’ claims that religious belief derives from divine revelation and can only be justified in the light of such revelation. This entails a retreat into an intellectual ghetto: Only believers can participate in this kind of theology because only believers have access to divine revelation. The usual alternative to revealed theology is ‘natural theology’, which tries to prove the truth of (Christian) faith in the light of the universally accessible criteria of reason and experience. It is argued that natural theology fails to provide such proof and therefore cannot liberate theology from the intellectual ghetto of revealed theology. This paper argues for a ‘philosophical theology’ which analyses the meaning of (Christian) doctrine rather than proving its truth. Since the methods and criteria of this analysis are universally acceptable and not reserved for believers, this form of theology liberates believers from the intellectual ghetto of revealed theology.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/VE/article/view/729
dc.format.extent7 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSIS Publishing
dc.subjectChristianity -- Philosophyen_ZA
dc.titleEscaping from the ghettoen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
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