History of Rationalism: Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology

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Eaton & Mains, 1865 - 633 páginas
 

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This work serves two functions. The first is a survey of the Rationalist movement. The service here is of great value as the rationalists are not seen in isolation from the world around them. The second is to see how theology has been affected by Rationalism.
I consider this a must-read for the evangelical apologist. Today's classic-type apologist is often accused of using the argumentation methodology of the rationalist. That seems to be true in some cases and this work provides an historical perspective on how this might have come about.
There are only two weaknesses in this work and they are minor. The first is that the author sometimes gets a little preachy. The second is that, in my opinion, he lays too much responsibility for the influence of Rationalism on protestantism at the feet of Luther. Given these two points the several hundred pages provide quality survey material for understanding some of the changes in protestant theological history over the past few centuries.
 

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Página 474 - All true Work is sacred ; in all true Work, were it but true hand-labor, there is something of divineness. Labor, wide as the Earth, has its summit in Heaven. Sweat of the brow ; and up from that to sweat of the brain, sweat of the heart ; which includes all Kepler calculations, Newton meditations, all Sciences, all spoken Epics, all acted Heroisms, Martyrdoms, — up to that "Agony of bloody sweat...
Página 567 - Phoebus-Apollo when the sun rose or went down; yes, many a savage, his hands smeared all over with human sacrifice, shall come from the East and the West, and sit down in the kingdom of God, with Moses and Zoroaster, with Socrates and Jesus...
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Página 517 - Truth, for its own sake, had never been a virtue with the Roman clergy. Father Newman informs us that it need not, and on the whole ought not to be; that cunning is the weapon which heaven has given to the Saints wherewith to withstand the brute male force of the wicked world which marries and is given in marriage. Whether his notion be doctrinally correct or not, it is at least . historically so.

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