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§ 92.

LIBERTY OF SCIENTIFIC THEOLOGY

[Div. Ill

such a dialectically prepared form were given us in our own lano-uage, and if the copy of this lay before us in the original, infallible manuscript: the majesty of God would not invite, but forbid, such criticism and such a liberty of studies. But such was 7iot the appointment of God. Kevelation was given in a historic and symbolic form to be worked into a dialectic form by us it was given in a language that is foreign to us and the manuscripts which are at our disposal are very We are different from each other and not free from faults. which, from but seed-grain, and sliced, cut bread no offered meal turn ground into in to be grows, wheat by our labor, ;

;

and made into bread.

Hence the human

factor

is

not

doomed

which action must always go through all sorts of uncertainty and commotion. By feeling only we find the way. In doing this our consciousness tries to grasp, assimilate and reproduce its object with the aid of both actions of which our consciousness is At viz. immediate faith and discursive thought. capable one time the results of this twofold action coincide, and at another time they antagonize each other, and from this tumult that activity is born by which we make personal, There is here no ecclesiastical and scientific advances. and least of all final decision, furnish a papal infallibility to to inactivity, but stimulated to highest action,

:

should this be taken as the continuation of

infallible inspira-

and tendency

tion, since it differs entirely in form, character

Moreover, such a from the inspiration of the Scripture. papal infallibility can have no other result than is actually seen in the Church of Rome viz. that faith in the rich treasure of revelation is superseded by a faith in the Church, and ;

that the healthy reaction of free theology upon the confesSuch a papal sional life of the Church is entirely excluded. infallibility is

aims at an outward, mathematical certainty which

irreconcilably opposed to the whole

the revelation of God.

To

manner

a certain extent

said that in an empirical sense there

is

of existence of it

may even

be

nothing certain here.

concerning the reading of the manuscripts, concerning the interpretation of every book and pericope, concerning every abstraction and deduction,

There

is

conflict of opinion

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 1 januari 1898

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

Encyclopedia of sacred theology - pagina 622

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

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